beth israel deaconess medical center a harvard medical school teaching hospital

  • Contact BIDMC
  • Maps & Directions
  • Other Locations
  • Careers at BIDMC
  • Smaller Larger

Find a Doctor

Request an Appointment

Smaller Larger

Link Between Breast and Thyroid Cancers

Posted 2/8/2016

Posted in

  We know that breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, and we know that many women get thyroid cancer. However, a new study from the University of Chicago suggests that women who have had one of these cancers are at greater risk (than everyone else) of developing the second kind.

  This is definitely not a "you need to panic" situation, but it is a piece of information that is important for women and their doctors to know. If you have had either breast or thyroid cancer, you should be aware that you are at greater risk for the other and should be screened accordingly. The recommendation for breast cancer screening continues to be annual mammograms (starting at what age continues to be controversial) with the addition of annual breast MRIs for women who are at high risk or, sometimes, who have very dense breast that limit the value of mammography. The recommendation for thyroid screening is just to be sure that a careful clinical thyroid exam is part of your annual doctor's visit, and that anything suspicious is followed up with a thyroid ultrasound.

  Here is the start of an article from Health Day and a link to read more:

Breast Cancer Survivors Vulnerable for Thyroid Tumors, and Vice Versa: Study Finds

Women who survive either breast or thyroid cancer may be at increased risk for the other tumor type, according to a new analysis.

University of Chicago researchers who reviewed 37 published studies found breast cancer survivors were 1.55 times more likely to develop thyroid cancer than women who hadn't had breast cancer. And, female thyroid cancer survivors were 1.18 times more likely to get breast cancer than women who hadn't had thyroid cancer, researchers said.

"This is a real risk," said study lead author Dr. Raymon Grogan, director of the university's endocrine surgery research program.

"People who have had one of these cancers need to be aware that they are at higher risk for developing the other cancer," he said.

Read more:


Add your comment