Celiac Disease May Increase Risk of Thyroid Cancer

August 20, 2010

Celiac Disease May Increase Risk of Thyroid Cancer


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Italian researchers found celiac patients face a 2.5-fold increase in the risk of developing papillary cancer of the thyroid.

There is new evidence of a link between celiac disease and thyroid cancer. Researchers in Italy have found that patients with celiac disease are more likely to develop a papillary thyroid carcinoma—and the level of gluten ingestion didn’t appear to make a difference.

There is a 2.5-fold increased risk of papillary cancer of thyroid for celiac patients. A prompt diagnosis of CD and a strict adherence to gluten-free diet do not seem to protect from the development of this malignancy, the study concluded.

Researchers based their findings on data from the Italian Registry of Celiac Disease, 1982-2006.

The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology.

Previous research has noted the link between celiac disease and autoimmune thyroid disease. Read about it in our Related Diseases section.

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