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Glossary: papillary thyroid cancer, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

papillary thyroid cancer

(PA-pih-LAYR-ee THY-royd KAN-ser)

Cancer that forms in follicular cells in the thyroid and grows in small finger-like shapes. It grows slowly, is more common in women than in men, and often occurs before age 45. It is the most common type of thyroid cancer.