Researchers Investigate Thyroid Function's Influence on Cancer Risk

by: cancercompass

Lower levels of a pituitary hormone may increase cancer risk, according to a recent study published online in the journal of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

Researchers investigated a hypothesis that thyroid function may influence the risk of cancer by studying 29,691 people without previously known thyroid disease.  Scientists established a baseline reading of thyrotropin (TSH), a hormone produced by the pituitary gland that regulates the thyroid gland.

After following up with the patients over a 9-year period, researchers discovered that TSH levels suggestive of hyperthyroid function are associated with an increased risk of lung and prostate cancer.

The study also found that hypothyroid function doesn't seem to be associated with an increased cancer risk.