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Is thyroid cancer genetic?
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7 doctors agree
In brief: Perhaps
Known genetic mutations are seen in thyroid cancers: braf in papillary; kras in follicular; ret gene (usually point mutation) involving 10q11.
2 in medullary carcinoma; p53 in undifferentiated carcinoma. However, "inherited" types of thyroid carcinoma are much less common - although medullary carcinoma is the most common type.

In brief: Perhaps
Known genetic mutations are seen in thyroid cancers: braf in papillary; kras in follicular; ret gene (usually point mutation) involving 10q11.
2 in medullary carcinoma; p53 in undifferentiated carcinoma. However, "inherited" types of thyroid carcinoma are much less common - although medullary carcinoma is the most common type.
Dr. Lester Thompson
Dr. Lester Thompson
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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, sometimes
There are different types of thyroid cancer.
One type, medullary thyroid cancer, is inherited 25% of the time due to a mutation of the ret gene. The other types of thyroid cancer are not inherited.

In brief: Yes, sometimes
There are different types of thyroid cancer.
One type, medullary thyroid cancer, is inherited 25% of the time due to a mutation of the ret gene. The other types of thyroid cancer are not inherited.
Dr. Devon Webster
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Brendan Stack, Jr.
Surgery - Head & Neck
In brief: Genetic.
Thyroid cancer can be genetic but is most often sporadic (random).
Your doctor will send you for genetic valuation if he/she suspects its a hereditary issue.

In brief: Genetic.
Thyroid cancer can be genetic but is most often sporadic (random).
Your doctor will send you for genetic valuation if he/she suspects its a hereditary issue.
Dr. Brendan Stack, Jr.
Dr. Brendan Stack, Jr.
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