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What Causes Thyroid Disorders? 

The many causes of thyroid disorders include:

  • Iodine Deficiency
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Viral and bacterial inflammation causing thyroiditis (subacute thyroiditis)
  • Familial Disorders
  • Nodules which have formed on the Thyroid Gland
  • Benign and Malignant (cancer) tumours on the Thyroid Gland

Are Thyroid Disorders Common?

  • Ten times more women than men worldwide will be diagnosed with some form of thyroid disorder.
  • Thyroid disorders, especially hypothyroidism - or an underactive thyroid, becomes more common as we grow older.  
  • Iodine Deficiency has re-emerged in Australia and we can expect more people to suffer from swelling and enlargement of the thyroid gland, also know as a 'Goitre'. 
  • Statistics show 1 million Australians have an undiagnosed thyroid disorder.


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The mission of The Australian Thyroid Foundation Ltd (ATF) is to offer support, information and education to members and their families through the many services provided by The ATF and raise awareness about health consequences of iodine deficiency and the benefits of good thyroid health.

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