papillary thyroid cancer

Pronunciation: (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.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Date last modified: 2007-08-20