What we should all know about thyroid cancer.
- It used to be a relatively rare cancer. It has doubled in incidence since the 1990s and is the fastest growing cancer in the US.
- This year the American Cancer Society expects 56,460 cases in the US, this is more than the number of cases of ovarian, leukemia, myeloma, brain, uterine, bone, larynx, gall bladder, rectal, esophageal, stomach, or oral cavity cancers.
- If caught early, it has a relatively high rate of 'cure' but the patient is left with a lifelong chronic condition of having no thyroid.
- Treatment for thyroid cancer is very different from other cancers in its treatment. And it can recur decades later.
Check your neck is the message here.