Thyroid Cancer 101: Papillary Thyroid Cancer in Three Sisters
- Three sisters raised in New York state were each diagnosed with thyroid cancer, all in a relatively short period of time.
- The sisters are now concerned with how many neighbors and other locals that have been contacting them have similar thyroid issues.
- The sister should be worried for their children, aunts uncles, brothers and parents not neighbors.
- The answer is zero. Family thyroid cancer occurs in two cancer types.
- Medullary MCT and non medullary familial papillary thyroid cancer FNMPTC.
- A family history of thyroid cancer is the key not living near cancer patients.
- MCT has a genetic mutation called RET oncogene.
- NMFPTC is found by screening first degree relatives for nodules by ultrasound as there is not blood marker as in MCT.
- Screening for FNMPTC is available at my center.
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