Quick Quiz: Adrenocortical Carcinoma

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Adrenocortical carcinoma, also known as adrenal cancer, is a very rare and aggressive cancer that originates in the cortex (outer layer) of the adrenal gland.1 According to the American Cancer Society, adrenocortical carcinoma is so rare that the number of people diagnosed with the disease in the United States is unknown but is estimated to be approximately 200 individuals per year.2 How much do you know about adrenal cancer?

Adrenocortical carcinoma is considered an extremely rare cancer in the United States, with approximately 200 individuals diagnosed with the disease each year. It is much less common than benign adrenal tumors, which are frequently seen among middle-aged and older adults.2 Adrenal cancer is typically diagnosed earlier in children than in adults because some symptoms, such as early puberty, are more easily identified in children.2 The 5-year survival rate for patients with adrenocortical carcinoma is 49%.2 However, public awareness of the disease needs to remain a priority to increase survival rates and improve patient quality of life.