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eVitality January 2011
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Photo of woman smiling How Much Do You Know About Thyroid Disorders?
  1. Which of the following is true of the thyroid?

    A. Itís located at the base of the neck
    B. It produces two important hormones
    C. It controls your metabolism
    D. All the above

  2. Who is most likely to develop a thyroid disorder?

    A. Women
    B. Men
    C. Women and men are equally susceptible
    D. Children of either sex

  3. Which of the following is a symptom of hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid)?

    A. Weight loss
    B. Irregular heartbeat
    C. Anxiety, irritability, and trouble sleeping
    D. All the above

  4. Which of the following is not a cause of hyperthyroidism?

    A. An inflamed thyroid
    B. An autoimmune disorder called Gravesí disease
    C. Losing weight
    D. Overfunctioning thyroid nodules

  5. Which of the following is not true about hypothyroidism (low thyroid activity)?

    A. It occurs mostly in women ages 50 and older
    B. The disease doesnít affect children
    C. Radiation and thyroid surgery can cause the condition
    D. Itís commonly caused by an autoimmune disease called Hashimotoís thyroiditis

  6. Which of the following is a symptom of hypothyroidism in adults?

    A. Sensitivity to cold
    B. Unexpected weight gain
    C. Pale, dry skin
    D. All the above

  7. Which of the following increases the risk for thyroid cancer?

    A. Exposure to radiation
    B. Family history of the disease
    C. Personal history of goiters with multiple thyroid nodules
    D. All the above

  8. Which of the following is not true regarding thyroid cancer?

    A. Children have an increased risk
    B. Pain when swallowing is a possible symptom
    C. Some people have no symptoms
    D. Thyroid cancer is rare

  9. Which of the following is true regarding thyroid nodules?

    A. They cannot be treated
    B. Less than 10 percent are cancerous
    C. They are lumps on the thyroid
    D. B and C

  10. Which of the following is true of a goiter (an abnormally enlarged thyroid gland)?

    A. Iodine deficiency can cause it
    B. A swollen neck can be a symptom
    C. It can be treated with iodine supplements or surgery
    D. All the above

For more information, visit the American Thyroid Association at

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