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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 is medullary thyroid cancer?
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