Thyroid Cancer Overview

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What Is Thyroid Cancer? TOPICS

How many people get thyroid cancer?

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for thyroid cancer in the United States for 2015 are:

  • About 62,450 new cases of thyroid cancer (47,230 in women, and 15,220 in men)
  • About 1,950 deaths from thyroid cancer (1,080 women and 870 men)

Thyroid cancer is more often found in people at a younger age than most other adult cancers. Nearly 2 out of 3 cases are found in people younger than 55. About 2% of thyroid cancers occur in children and teens.

The death rate from thyroid cancer has been fairly stable for many years and remains very low compared with most other cancers. Statistics on survival rates for thyroid cancer are discussed in the section “Survival rates for thyroid cancer.”

Last Medical Review: 02/27/2014
Last Revised: 02/13/2015