Thyroid Cancer: Statistics

What are statistics?

Some people use numbers called statistics to figure out their chances of getting cancer. Or they use them to try to figure out their chance of being cured. Because no 2 people are alike, statistics can’t be used to predict what will happen to one person. The statistics below describe large groups of people. They do not take into account a person's own risk factors, such as family history, behaviors, or cancer screenings. If you have questions, talk with your healthcare provider.

What are the statistics for thyroid cancer?

  • Doctors will diagnose about 64,300 new cases of thyroid cancer in 2016.

  • Thyroid cancer occurs much more often in women than in men.

  • About 49,350 cases of new thyroid cancers will be diagnosed in women in 2016. The other 14,950 will be found in men.

  • Thyroid cancer rates have risen sharply in recent years. It is the fastest-increasing cancer in both men and women in the U.S.

  • Thyroid cancer has a 98% survival rate at the 5-year mark. This means that out of every 100 people treated for thyroid cancer, 98 of them will be alive 5 years after treatment. But survival is affected by many factors. These include the cancer stage at diagnosis, the subtype of cancer, and your age. 

  • About 1,070 women and 910 men will die of thyroid cancer in 2016.

Source: American Cancer Society