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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 ...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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