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Thymic Malignancies

Risk Factors

The risk factors for thymus cancer include:

  • Advanced age: Although thymus cancer may occur at any age, the disease most commonly occurs in people in their 70s.
  • Ethnicity: The disease is most common in Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans.
  • Underlying medical conditions: Several underlying conditions increase the risk of thymus cancer. These include acquired pure red cell aplasia, thyroiditis, polymyositis, myasthenia gravis, Sjogren syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, hypogammaglobulinemia, and lupus erythematosus.

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