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Screening for thyroid cancer

Overall, thyroid cancer is a rare disease and a population based screening programme is not indicated.

 

However, people with a family history of medullary thyroid cancer, MEN (multiple endocrine neoplasia) syndrome or the rare other syndromes associated with a genetic predisposition to the disease must be screened. If a patient is diagnosed with medullary cancer, it is required that the doctor rules out the inherited MEN syndrome and screens for phaeochromocytoma and hyperparathyroidism (concomitants of the inherited syndrome).


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