IBD Patients, Especially Those with Crohn’s, at Higher Risk of Thyroid Cancer, Study Finds

IBD Patients, Especially Those with Crohn’s, at Higher Risk of Thyroid Cancer, Study Finds
Patients with Crohn’s disease (CD) are at increased risk for developing thyroid cancer, although all inflammatory bowel disease patients show a "prevalence" for this cancer, a new study reports. The research, which com drew on evidence that people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are at an increased risk of colorectal cancer (CRC), primarily as the result of chronic intestinal inflammation. Findings are reported in the study, “Crohn's Disease Is Associated with the Risk for Thyroid Cancer,” recently published in the journal Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. “Our results show that thyroid cancer is more prevalent in patients with IBD [inflammatory bowel disease] than the control group," and the risk was "specifically" high in those with Crohn’s disease, Bo Shen, MD, with the Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and colleagues wrote, according to a news release. Another IBD subtype, ulcerative colitis (UC), was not found to be associated with a higher risk of thyroid cancer. "It is recommended that patients with CD may need a close monitoring of thyroid diseases," the researchers added. To assess the risk factors associ
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