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Is thyroid cancer common at the age of 20?

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Posted on Sat, 5 Dec 2015
Question: Hi there.

Is thyroid cancer common in 20 year olds? Female?

Or is it rare?

My sister has swollen thyroid.

What are the possibilities?

Need assurerances please
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Answered by Dr. Shehzad Topiwala (55 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Thyroid

Detailed Answer:
It is quite uncommon overall. In 20 year olds and females too, it is an extremely uncommon condition.

Your sister's swollen thyroid needs to comprehensively evaluated by a qualified endocrinologist in-person.

When I see someone like her in my practice I order the following tests in addition to a thorough physical examination :

CBC
Electrolytes
Calcium
Glucose
Creatinine
SGOT
SGPT
TSH

A thyroid Ultrasound is strongly considered

Further assessments if necessary are based on results of the above tests
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Shehzad Topiwala (9 minutes later)
In your expert opinion is this likely cancer? Or not? Are you an expert?
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Answered by Dr. Shehzad Topiwala (6 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Follow up

Detailed Answer:
Thyroid cancer is typically managed by endocrinologists in USA in conjunction with Endocrine / thyroid surgeons and medical/ radiation and surgical oncologists, as required depending on the stage of the cancer.
So you see it is team work.

But at this point, diagnosis can be made confidently by an endocrinologist. However there is a systematic approach for this that entails:
Physical examination
Laboratory tests
Ultrasound
Consideration for fine needle aspiration biopsy and cytology

Merely sharing cursory information on an online forum such as this is not enough to make a diagnosis of something as serious as cancer.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Shehzad Topiwala (2 hours later)
All i asked was if you believe it could be? Thats all.
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Answered by Dr. Shehzad Topiwala (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Second follow up

Detailed Answer:
I cannot commit to an answer without having the opportunity to glean detailed information by a comprehensive approach including examination and testing
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Is thyroid cancer common at the age of 20?

Brief Answer: Thyroid Detailed Answer: It is quite uncommon overall. In 20 year olds and females too, it is an extremely uncommon condition. Your sister's swollen thyroid needs to comprehensively evaluated by a qualified endocrinologist in-person. When I see someone like her in my practice I order the following tests in addition to a thorough physical examination : CBC Electrolytes Calcium Glucose Creatinine SGOT SGPT TSH A thyroid Ultrasound is strongly considered Further assessments if necessary are based on results of the above tests