A 22-year-old female asked:
i'm currently hyperthyroid/graves' (well controlled for 6yrs) & have heard this increases your risk for ov ca 80%. will rai tx reduce risk?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Cheryl Winchell answered
50 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: But only for thyroid cancer.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience Infectious Disease
Probably: The purported reasoning is that the increase in thyroid hormone causes a chronic inflammatory condition in the ovaries, leading to the cancer. So yes, rai should cut down thyroid hormone production, which should mitigate the risk; that being said, ovarian cancer is fairly rare, with incidence of about 10 per 100, 000 females in the us, average. 80% increase would be 18 per 100, 000.
Answered on Dec 7, 2012
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