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New discovery paves way for thyroid cancer drug treatment

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thyroid cancerA discovery made by scientists has pointed to a brighter future in the development of drugs to more effectively target, treat and possibly even prevent inherited and non-inherited thyroid cancers.

Thyroid cancer remains a rare disease in children less than age 10, with an annual incidence of less than one per million. It is more common in older children and adolescents, with 15.4 cases per million per year in 15-19 year olds. It has a peak incidence at age 50 and beyond.

Researchers at Queen's University have uncovered the actions of a mutated protein in cells linked to thyroid cancer.

New Test Spots Thyroid Cancer Early

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THURSDAY, Oct. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've developed a sensitive new early detection test for thyroid cancer.

If such a test is proven to be practical, it could help diagnose the growing number of people with thyroid cancer before it spreads (metastasizes) to lymph nodes and other body sites. As with all cancers, early detection of thyroid tumors is the key to a cure.

"Our research aims to simplify diagnosis and follow-up care by identifying a reproducible biomarker that correlates directly with the presence or progression of thyroid cancer," lead researcher Dr. Andrew J. Martorella, from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, said in a prepared statement.

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