-- Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Thyroid cancer that
develops after treatment for another type of cancer is more deadly
than primary thyroid cancer, according to a new study.
The findings highlight the importance of screening young cancer
survivors to detect early signs of secondary thyroid cancer, the
They examined data from amore than 41,000 cases of thyroid
cancer in teens and young adults in the United States from 1998 to
2010. Of those patients, about 3 percent had previously been
treated for another type of cancer.
Secondary thyroid cancers were more likely to be small but to
occur in more than one location, compared to primary thyroid
cancers, the study found. Survival rates for patients with both
types of thyroid cancer were considered "excellent" at more than 95
percent, but those with secondary cancer were 6.6 times more likely
to die than those with primary cancer.
The results suggest that there may be differences between the
two types of thyroid cancers, according to the authors of the study
published online Feb. 24 in the journal
"This study will hopefully spur future research that will investigate if there are any causes -- biologic, environmental, prior treatment-related, or access to care disparities -- to account for the survival differences in these secondary cancers," study author Dr. Melanie Goldfarb, at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine, said in a journal news release.
Thyroid cancer is among the five most common cancers in teens
and young adults aged 15 to 39.
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