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Breast Cancer Survivors Have Higher Thyroid Cancer Risk, or Vice Versa

Posted on February 8, 2016 by Disability Help Group

A new phenomenon is developing regarding cancer survivors and the development of secondary malignancies. Several studies have looked at the increasing instances of patients who go into remission for one type of cancer only to develop a higher risk of other cancers. New research published in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention medical journal is looking at the connection between breast and thyroid cancer development and survival in women.

Dr. Raymon H. Grogan and his team used patient databases to gather and analyze several decades worth of women who survived either thyroid or breast cancer and then developed the other cancer later on. They found that a woman who survived breast cancer was 1.55 times more likely to develop thyroid cancer, and a woman who survived thyroid cancer was 1.18 times more likely to develop breast cancer.

There are several theories regarding connection between these two cancers. One is that cancer survivors are more cautious about screening for all cancers, and that may make early stage detection of new cancers easier. Another theory is that breast and thyroid cancers share common hormonal risk factors. Treatment may also play a role in cancer development – radiation to treat one cancer could cause another cancer to develop.

Proper follow-up and cancer screenings after remission of a cancer is key to not only preventing a relapse but also in detecting any related cancers early enough for the best treatment options.

Cancer is One of the Leading Causes of Death and Disability in the U.S.

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