Thyroid cancerThyroid cancer
of the thyroid
gland. The thyroid concentrates iodine
and so is extremely sensitive to the effects of various radioactive isotopes
of iodine produced by nuclear fission
. These radioactive isotopes increase the chances of developing cancer, though thyroid cancer can develop even without any exposure to radioactivity. There are several types of thyroid cancer and treatment depends on cell type: it can include surgery and destruction of thyroid cells
by radioactive iodine.