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Who is most at risk for medullary thyroid cancer?

About 20 percent of medullary thyroid cancer cases come from inheritance, as an abnormal gene (usually the RET proto-oncogene) is passed down in the family. The other type of this cancer, called sporadic medullary thyroid cancer, can affect anyone. However, sporadic medullary thyroid cancer has been found to affect more elderly adults than any other population. Other risk factors include a history of hyperparathyroidism, mucosal neuromas or pheochromocytomas (a tumor of the adrenal gland).

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