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Adrenocortical carcinoma is hard to detect in its early stages. As a result, the tumor is often quite large when diagnosed. The disease tends to be caught earlier in children because they show signs of extra hormone production earlier than adults.

Even when adrenocortical cancer is removed completely by surgery, the disease often comes back or spreads to other parts of the body.

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