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    blotto
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    Diagnosed w/ stage-1 melanoma 4 years ago. Melanoma removed. Last week doctor discovered thyroid nodule in unrelated scan. Thyroid function remains normal. Doctor recommends getting a second scan in 6 months to see if nodule is changing.

    Do I need to be more aggressive? I read that males w/ previous melanomas were 2.5 times more likely to get thyroid cancer than baseline. Since in baseline there is a 5% chance of nodule being cancerous, does this mean I have a 12.5% chance of my nodule being cancerous. Also, is thyroid cancer after melanoma more aggressive or otherwise different from other thyroid cancers?

    #65062
    Catherine Poole
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    This is an interesting dilemma that some folks have faced. I would probably tell your doctor of your concern and perhaps he/she will be more vigilant. There isn’t a correlation between the two, but sometimes they both happen. Thyroid cancer is usually quite curable, like melanoma, when caught early. Might want another opinion from a center of excellence.

    #65063
    cohanja
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    I don’t know if there’s any connection here but is one possible thing that people with previous melanoma may have gotten scans (CT for instance) and the radiation from those types of scans could be the culprit for other cancers later such as thyroid? I have no idea, just asking

    #65064
    Catherine Poole
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    Most thyroid cancer has an unknown origin, but here is a link that explains more: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/thyroidcancer/detailedguide/thyroid-cancer-risk-factors

    #65065
    blotto
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    Here’s the best article I could find on melanoma/thyroid cancer. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/store/10.1002/ijc.21300/asset/21300_ftp.pdf;jsessionid=278085A03872F081923BCDF4F7D5FEBA.f01t02?v=1&t=hy9j8zxb&s=43dd1f17f561f6ee45e97d57f8f3ae403d13e7f4

    I will share this with my doctor. He is a good doc, but is an internist. I’m not sure about best way to contact a center for excellence.

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