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What are the chances of a 20 year old white male getting thyroid cancer?

What are the chances of a 20 year old white male getting thyroid cancer?

Thyroid cancer: Chances are low, but they certainly aren't zero. Some thyroid cancers run in families, so ask your folks if anyone has any kind of thyroid cancer. If you have a lump in your thyroid, definitely get it checked out with an ultrasound and even a needle biopsy. Thyroid cancers can be treated and even cured, if it's the right kind. Early diagnosis and treatment are key. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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If you have 20% thyroid cancer and you do radiation it possible the cancer gone and also the thyroid make active again after a year thank you ?

Likely: There is no such thing as 20% cancer of anything. Thyroid cancer is often cured by surgery with or without radiation and if any of the gland remains, it usually returns to healthy function. ...Read more

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Had tt a year and 3 months ago for metastatic papillary thyroid cancer. I haven't had rai. On the average did the cancer spread to other organs?

Had tt a year and 3 months ago for metastatic papillary thyroid cancer. I haven't had rai. On the average did the cancer spread to other organs?

Thyroid: Papillary metastasizes outside the neck only about 10-15% of patients while local lymph nodes nay occur in up to 50% of patients. You should get rai if you are otherwise healthy. ...Read more

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I have a lipoma and had thyroid cancer. My seven year old has two lipomas. Are they truly benign or can this be a sign of an underlying disorder?

I have a lipoma and had thyroid cancer. My seven year old has two lipomas. Are they truly benign or can this  be a sign of an underlying  disorder?

No relation: Lipomas are benign growths developing in adipose tissue. They are not related to any malignancies but can on their own, progress to develop malignant transformation. If lipoma begins to grow rapidly and noted to become firm in consistency rather than softi , then bx is indicated. The majority of lipomas do not convert and have not been reported to be involved in any tumor syndrome ...Read more

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Had thyroid cancer and removal 3 years ago and didn't have to do any radiation, can it come back? Im worried I have a 2 year old and one on the way

Had thyroid cancer and removal 3 years ago and didn't have to do any radiation, can it come back? Im worried I have a 2 year old and one on the way

Yes: Thyroid cancer can come back. That is why it is important to have continued follow-up with your doctor to make sure your TSH suppression, surveillance imaging and blood work is performed to monitor for signs of recurrence. ...Read more

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I have a couple of 6mm lymp nodes and my mchc came back low on my blood test. Does one have to do with the other? I also had thyroid cancer last year.

I have a couple of 6mm lymp nodes and my mchc came back low on my blood test. Does one have to do with the other? I also had thyroid cancer last year.

Cannot say: cannot say in your particular case, but generally, 6mm lymph nodes are not necessarily significant. MCHC low implies low iron, but can be wtih a chronic disease (active or recovering from cancer, among many many others). BUt could also theoretically be the beginning of a return of the cancer. ...Read more

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Ultrasound shows 7 nodules; blood work is normal. history of thyroid cancer in family. Dr. Says wait a year and recheck. Good advice? Get 2nd opinion?

Ultrasound shows 7 nodules; blood work is normal.   history of thyroid cancer in family.  Dr. Says wait a year and recheck. Good advice?  Get 2nd opinion?

Sounds Ok: Annual re-examination is usually fine, and if any of the nodules reveal 15-20% growth, sampling with a needle (biopsy) can be considered at that time. ...Read more

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My blood test showed an elevated level of tg antibodies. Does that mean I have cancerous cells running around? Had papillary thyroid cancer a year ago

Not necessarily.: Having elevated tg antibodies primarily means that the more important tg test itself will be falsely lower than its true value. (no conversion formula exists.) if your tg antibodies are only 20 or so, with an undetectable tg level, it is hard to know what that means. If your tg antibodies are much higher, then concern for the presence of thyroid cancer would increase. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Thyroid Cancer (Definition)

Thyroid cancer arises in the thyroid gland. It usually presents as a painless thyroid nodule. Most are papillary-follicular type and have a very good prognosis. Less common are medullary cancers, with an intermediate prognosis. Anaplastic cancers of the thyroid have a poor prognosis and are uncommon. Treatment of thyroid cancers involves removal ...Read more


Dr. John Landi
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more