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Thyroid Cancer Statistics

Thyroid Cancer Statistics: Lifetime Risk

Based on rates from 2000-2002, 0.66 percent of men and women (or 1 in 151 men and women) born today will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer at some time during their lifetime. These statistics are referred to as the lifetime risk of developing cancer. Sometimes it is more useful to look at the probability of developing thyroid cancer between two age groups. For example, 0.17 percent of men will develop thyroid cancer between their 50th and 70th birthdays, compared to 0.35 percent of women.

Thyroid Cancer Statistics: Prevalence

On January 1, 2002, in the United States there were approximately 327,403 men and women alive who had a history of thyroid cancer (74,985 men and 252,418 women). This number included any person alive on January 1, 2002, who had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at any point prior to January 1, 2002, people with active disease, and people who had been cured of their disease.
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