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Diseases » Thyroid cancer » Summary
 

What is Thyroid cancer?

What is Thyroid cancer?

Thyroid cancer is the most common type of endocrine cancer. Thyroid cancer occurs when there is an uncontrolled growth of cancer ...more »

  • Thyroid cancer: Cancer of the thyroid gland.

Thyroid cancer: Introduction

Types of Thyroid cancer:

Types of Thyroid cancer:

  • Papillary thyroid cancer
  • Follicular thyroid cancer
  • Medullary thyroid cancer - only about 5-10% of cases
  • Anaplastic thyroid cancer - only about 1-2% of cases; usually patients over 65.
  • more types...»

Broader types of Thyroid cancer:

How many people get Thyroid cancer?

Incidence (annual) of Thyroid cancer: 20,700 annual cases in USA (SEER 2002 estimate); 19,500 annual cases in the USA (NCI); 14,900 women and 4,600 men annually (NCI).
Incidence Rate of Thyroid cancer: approx 1 in 13,140 or 0.01% or 20,700 people in USA [about data]
Incidence of Thyroid cancer: Each year in the United States, thyroid cancer is diagnosed in 14,900 women and 4,600 men. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Thyroid Cancer: NCI)

Who gets Thyroid cancer?

Patient Profile for Thyroid cancer: Usually over 40.

Profile for Thyroid cancer: Most patients with thyroid cancer are more than 40 years old. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Thyroid Cancer: NCI)

Gender Profile for Thyroid cancer: Women 3:1 men

Gender Profile for Thyroid cancer: In the United States, women are two to three times more likely than men to develop thyroid cancer. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Thyroid Cancer: NCI)

Race Profile for Thyroid cancer: In the United States, white people are more likely than African Americans to be diagnosed with thyroid cancer. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Thyroid Cancer: NCI)

How serious is Thyroid cancer?

Complications of Thyroid cancer: see complications of Thyroid cancer
Prognosis of Thyroid cancer: Most thyroid cancers grow very slowly and can be effectively treated. (Source: excerpt from Thyroid Disease: NWHIC)
Deaths for Thyroid cancer: 1,460 estimated deaths for thyroid cancer in the US 2004 (Cancer Facts and Figures, American Cancer Society, 2004)

What causes Thyroid cancer?

Causes of Thyroid cancer: see causes of Thyroid cancer
Risk factors for Thyroid cancer: see risk factors for Thyroid cancer

What are the symptoms of Thyroid cancer?

Symptoms of Thyroid cancer: see symptoms of Thyroid cancer

Complications of Thyroid cancer: see complications of Thyroid cancer

Can anyone else get Thyroid cancer?

Contagion of cancer: generally not; see details in contagion of cancer.
More information: see contagiousness of Thyroid cancer
Inheritance: see inheritance of Thyroid cancer

Thyroid cancer: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Thyroid cancer.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Thyroid cancer.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Thyroid cancer: Endocrinologists, Oncologists, Surgeons, Radiation oncologists, Oncologist, Endocrinologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Thyroid cancer.
Treatments for Thyroid cancer: see treatments for Thyroid cancer
Alternative treatments for Thyroid cancer: see alternative treatments for Thyroid cancer
Prevention of Thyroid cancer: see prevention of Thyroid cancer
Research for Thyroid cancer: see research for Thyroid cancer

Society issues for Thyroid cancer


Hospitalization statistics for Thyroid cancer: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Thyroid cancer:

  • 0.72% (91,298) of hospital episodes were for malignant neoplasms of thyroid and other endocrine glands in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 86% of hospital consultations for malignant neoplasms of thyroid and other endocrine glands required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 40% of hospital episodes for malignant neoplasms of thyroid and other endocrine glands were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 60% of hospital episodes for malignant neoplasms of thyroid and other endocrine glands were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Organs Affected by Thyroid cancer:

Organs and body systems related to Thyroid cancer include:

Name and Aliases of Thyroid cancer

Main name of condition: Thyroid cancer

Class of Condition for Thyroid cancer: cancer

Other names or spellings for Thyroid cancer:

cancer of the thyroid

Thyroid cancer: Related Conditions

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