Adrenal cancer, or adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) is extremely rare and it most often occurs in the first and fifth decades of a person’s life. Approximately 600 new cases are diagnosed each year in the U.S.-just one to two cases per million. In pediatric cases the symptoms which are produced make an early and successful treatment possible. In adult cases, symptoms are not usually evident until the disease has progressed. Tumors form and imbed deep within the abdominal cavity, where they are virtually impossible to detect until they have grown too large and too invasive to treat effectively. Within months of receiving an adrenal cancer diagnosis, nearly all patients succumb to the disease.
(Adrenal Cancer Program Brochure, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2010)