CATEGORY: HTH Health

AUTHOR: MORRIS

HED:Thyroid facts

By M. Scott Morris

Daily Journal

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists reports that approximately 15,600 new cases of thyroid cancer are treated each year, and there are about 500,000 survivors of the disease in the United States. Here are some other facts about thyroid cancer:

- Up until the 1950s, it was common for people to be exposed to radiation during childhood. People exposed to radiation to the head and neck during childhood are at greater risk for thyroid cancer.

- An enlarged thyroid gland or a nodule (bump) on the thyroid gland is often the first and only sign that thyroid cancer may be present.

- Women are three times more likely than men to develop thyroid cancer.

- Most patients with thyroid cancer are between the ages of 25 and 65.

- The survival rate from thyroid cancer is high with proper treatment.

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