Thyroid cancer is the fastest increasing cancer in both men and women. It is the most common endocrine cancer.
- It occurs in all age groups, mainly adults. It affects about three times as many women as men.
- There are several types—papillary, follicular, medullary, anaplastic, and variants.
- Thyroid cancer is one of the few cancers that has increased in incidence in recent years. It has become the 5th most common cancer in women. It is the fastest increasing cancer in both men and women.
- About 60,220 people, including 45,310 women and 14,910 men, will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2013 in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. About 1,040 women and 810 men (1,840 total) will die of thyroid cancer in 2013.
Signs to discuss with your physician
You feel a lump in your neck, or your doctor may notice a nodule in your neck during a routine checkup. Most of these thyroid nodules are benign (noncancerous).
- Some people first notice lymph node swellings, fullness in the neck, voice changes, or difficulty breathing or swallowing.
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Last updated: January 21, 2013