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A friend has told me he has tested positive cancer gene.

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A friend has told me he has tested positive for a cancer gene. Tyroid cancer gene. His uncles had this and all died in their mid forties. He also said he cannot have his throws removed as he is past the age of 21 (he is 30 now). Will he definitely develop cancer and if he does get the cancer can it be treated and cured?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Oncology
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
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Dr. David :

that is not true, he can have this thyroid gland removed.

Customer : He is 30 now. If he doesn't have the gland removed will he get cancer or is the chances increased
Dr. David :

it depends on what cancer gene he has.

Dr. David :

does he have MEN1 genetic mutation?

Dr. David :

or MEN2?

Dr. David :

MEN stands for Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1

Dr. David :

which increases risks for cancers of the pituitary gland, the parathyroid gland, and the pancreas

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MEN2 increases risks for cancer in endocrine organs such as thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenals

Dr. David :

hello?

Customer : I am just finding out 2 moments
Dr. David :

ok

Customer : I don't know which one he has
Dr. David :

that will be important to know

Dr. David :

if he has a gene which increases his risk for thyroid cancer, his thyroid gland can be removed with surgery now.

Dr. David :

and he can take thyroid hormone supplements

Dr. David :

and this will remove his risks for future thyroid cancer.

Dr. David :

I hope this information helps

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do you have any other questions?

Customer : He told me he will definitely get cancer is this true
Dr. David :

I can't answer that without knowing what type of genetic mutation he has.

Dr. David :

once he finds out the name of the type of genetic mutation he has, I can give you more information.

Dr. David :

ask him what tests he had to find this genetic mutation?

Dr. David :

I would be happy to review his testing results with you or him.

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let me know if you have other questions.

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Customer : Ok thank ypu
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Customer : I am not sure of the gene name but it starts at the Tyhyroid
Dr. David : It could be MEN2 gene which increases risks for thyroid and other endocrine cancers
Customer : Does this mean he will definitely get cancer or his chances are increased
Dr. David : It means his chances are increased
Dr. David : and he can have surgery to remove his thyroid gland
Dr. David : so what he says is not really making sense
Customer : Ok thank you
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