The American Thyroid Association recommends that all
adults be tested beginning at age 35 and continuing every 5 years.1 After reviewing all of the research, the U.S.
Preventive Services Task Force
(USPSTF) has not recommended for or against routine
thyroid testing.2 Some other groups suggest that
people who are at high risk-pregnant women, anyone with a personal or family history
of thyroid disease, and people with other
autoimmune diseases-may want to be screened. Talk to your doctor about whether you need to be tested for
First described by Sir Robert Graves in the early 19th century, Graves' disease is one of the most common of all thyroid problems.
It is also the leading cause of hyperthyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland produces excessive hormones.
Once the disorder has been correctly diagnosed, it is quite easy to treat. In some cases, Graves' disease goes into remission or disappears completely after several months or years. Left untreated, however, it can lead to serious complications -- even...
People who have a family history of medullary
thyroid cancer (MTC) may want to have a
genetic test. Before having the test, it is a good
idea to talk with a
genetic counselor. He or she can help you understand
what your test results may mean.