Secondary Thyroid Cancer Young Adults Are At Higher Risk Than Primary

By on February 24, 2014

A new research has found out that young adults and adolescents with secondary thyroid cancer are at high risk to death when compared to primary thyroid cancer.

Thyroid cancer, as the name explains it is the cancer developed in thyroid glands.

They cancer cells are developed in follicular or parafollicular thyroid glands. It is the fifth common type of cancer found in young adults, and adolescents.

Primary thyroid cancer is cancer caused due to development of abnormal (cancer) cells in thyroid glands.

Whereas, secondary thyroid cancer, which is a rare cancer that is developed after the treatment of some other cancer.

Secondary Thyroid Cancer Young AdultsThe new research was developed by Melanie Goldfarb, MD, and David Freyer, DO, of the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

In this study, they researched about the characteristics, treatments, and the survival rates of this cancer. For it, they analyzed the documented thyroid cancer cases occurred in young adults, and adolescents between the year 1998 and 2010.

They compared about 41,062 such cases. Secondary thyroid cancer cases were only 3.3% of these cases counting up to 1349 cases. Researchers have found out that the risk of death caused due to secondary thyroid cancer is 6.6times greater to primary thyroid cancer.

Of course, with the help of surgical removal of thyroid glands, and in some cases with Chemotherapy, it can be cured, and even the survival rates after treatment are 95%.

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