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How common is medullary thyroid cancer?

Medullary thyroid cancer accounts for about three percent of all the people diagnosed with thyroid cancer. While thyroid cancer is not as common as many other types of cancer, doctors diagnose between 34,000 and 37,000 new cases each year. That means about 1,000 people each year in the United States are diagnosed with medullary thyroid cancer.

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Is medullary thyroid cancer serious?
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What causes medullary thyroid cancer?
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The biggest risk factor for medullary thyroid cancer is a family history of medullary thyroid cancer...
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Are there alternative treatments for medullary thyroid cancer?
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Because this form of cancer is so aggressive and the prognosis fairly poor, there are no currently k...
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How do medications treat medullary thyroid cancer?
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Medullary thyroid cancer is typically not treated with medications. This form of cancer is treated w...
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