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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? I'm 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? I'm 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

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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I had my thyroid removed in 1991 due to thyroid cancer, have been on Synthroid until approx 9 months ago. . I was really sick before Christmas this year and thought it was the flu. . . dr. Did a thyroid blood test and ths level is 477. . . he said t

I had my thyroid removed in 1991 due to thyroid cancer, have been on Synthroid until approx 9 months ago. . I was really sick before Christmas this year and thought it was the flu. . . dr. Did a thyroid blood test and ths level is 477. . . he said t

Must take thyroid: I don't know what your question is, but it appears that you were not taking Synthroid (thyroxine) for many months. This is very dangerous. Your body requires thyroid hormone to function correctly. Since you had your thyroid removed, there is no alternative to taking thyroid hormone. Having had thyroid cancer, it is essential that the TSH be normal. ...Read more

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I've been suffering from graves' disease for a year now and the goitre on my neck is getting bigger, could I have thyroid cancer?

I've been suffering from graves' disease for a year now and the goitre on my neck is getting bigger, could I have thyroid cancer?

No cancer: But graves commonly leads to goiter. Will need to have an evaluation by an endocrinologist if you qualify for radioactive ablation, granted that there is no contraindications and that you indeed have serological evidence of graves disease. Good luck. ...Read more

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My TSH level was 4.069. Every year it gets a little higher. Have a family history of thyroid cancer which is my mother. Do I need any other tests?

My TSH level was 4.069. Every year it gets a little higher. Have a family history of thyroid cancer which is my mother. Do I need any other tests?

At some point you: May need to take thyroid hormone!!!!!!!

You should (with your family history) be followed by a Board Certified Endocrinologist!!

As your PCP (Primary Care Provider) for a referral!
Hope this helps!
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Can you die from thyroid cancer?

Can you die from thyroid cancer?

Yes, but: Yes but the overwhelming majority of thyroid cancers (are papillary thyroid cancer) which has very good 20 year survival rate and are not really life threatening if they are treated appropriately (even if they spread to the lymh nodes). These patients often die from other causes. There are4 types of thyroid cancer fortunately the most aggressive and life threatening type is also the least common. ...Read more

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If you have a thyroid cancer how many years you alive I have 20% cancer cell in left thyroid?

Thyroid cancer: This depends on the specific type of thyroid cancer. The most common type of thyroid cancer (papillary carcinoma) can be treated very well if caught early, those cancers have essentially 100% survival when early Stage. Other types of thyroid cancer are more aggressive, so it definitely depends on Type of thyroid Cancer, and Stage. ...Read more

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Past thyroid cancer, now years later I have abnormal blood calcium, what to do?

Past thyroid cancer, now years later I have abnormal blood calcium, what to do?

Parathyroids: Presumably, your thyroid cancer treatment involved surgery and radioactive iodine. Usually, this preserves the parathyoid glands, but sometimes they can get damaged. Parathyroids make PTH which maintains blood Ca. If PTH is low, your blood Ca will fall, and cause a number of symptoms. For starters, get an ionized Ca and PTH. See your Endocrinologist. ...Read more

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I had thyroid cancer in the past. Now years later I have abnormal blood calcium. Could these be related?

I had thyroid cancer in the past. Now years later I have abnormal blood calcium. Could these be related?

Some relationship: Calcium metabolism is controlled vial the parathyroid glands. There are 4 such glands, 2 on top of the thyroid and 2 at the lower pole. When a total thyroidectomy is performed for Ca some of the glands may be injured and the Ca++ levels drop. If the remaining glands grow post op they produce excess hormone then the level of serum Ca++ becomes elevated. ...Read more

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Total thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer 4 years ago. Don't like the way levothyroid makes me feel. Anything natural I can take that is just as good?

Total thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer 4 years ago. Don't like the way levothyroid makes me feel. Anything natural I can take that is just as good?

Yes, even better: The main alternative to levothyroxine is natural thyroid glandular preparations such as Armour Thyroid ; nature-throid. These contain T4 and t3 (liothyronine) whereas levothyroxine only has t4. A firm majority of patients who try natural thyroid say they feel better with it vs. Levothyroxine. Another alternative is to add synthetic t3 (liothyronine). See http://abt. Cm/1biokmw ; http://abt. Cm/18gpb3a ; http://bit. Ly/15k26u8. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Thyroid Cancer (Definition)

Cancer that presents 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. Katharine Cox
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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