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What might raise your chances of getting papillary thyroid carcinoma?

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Certain genetic conditions. Diseases like familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), Gardner syndrome, and Cowden disease can raise your odds.

Family history. In a small number of cases, papillary thyroid carcinoma runs in the family.

Radiation therapy. If you had radiation to treat cancer for another condition when you were a child, it can raise your chances.

Gender. It's much more common in women than men, but doctors aren't sure why.

From: What Is Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Columbia Thyroid Center: "Papillary Thyroid Cancer," "Thyroid Biopsy Clinic."

NIH, National Cancer Institute: "Thyroid Cancer Treatment (PDQ®)-Patient Version."

Mayo Clinic: "Thyroid Cancer."

The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons: "Thyroid cancer: Papillary Thyroid Cancer (PTC)."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Thyroid Cancer."

National Health Service: "Thyroid Cancer."

Medscape: "Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma."

American Cancer Society: "Treatment of Thyroid Cancer, by Type and Stage."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 30, 2017

SOURCES:

Columbia Thyroid Center: "Papillary Thyroid Cancer," "Thyroid Biopsy Clinic."

NIH, National Cancer Institute: "Thyroid Cancer Treatment (PDQ®)-Patient Version."

Mayo Clinic: "Thyroid Cancer."

The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons: "Thyroid cancer: Papillary Thyroid Cancer (PTC)."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Thyroid Cancer."

National Health Service: "Thyroid Cancer."

Medscape: "Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma."

American Cancer Society: "Treatment of Thyroid Cancer, by Type and Stage."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 30, 2017

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