The incidence of thyroid cancer is 14.2 per 100,000 men and women per year. The number of deaths per year from thyroid cancer is 0.5 per 100,000 men and women. Thyroid cancer is most common in women 20-34. Thyroid cancer is the fifth most common cancer in women. The incidence rates of thyroid cancer have been increasing at a rate of 5% per year in recent years. This makes thyroid cancer the most rapidly increasing cancer diagnosis in the United States. Fortunately, most thyroid cancers are a good prognosis cancer and a slow growing cancer. The 5-year survival rate for thyroid cancer is 98%. In fact, researchers feel the real reason the incidence is increasing is because new diagnostic tests and scans are leading to detections of smaller cancers. Most thyroid cancers have normal thyroid function. People who notice a lump in the lower neck or have a scan that picks up a thyroid nodule should see a physician to get thyroid labs checked and a thyroid ultrasound for possible needle biopsy.
January is Thyroid Disease Awareness Month. Make it a priority this month to get your thyroid checked. Contact Allied ENT Specialty Center at 574-232-4800 to make an appointment.