After speaking to a group recently a participant came up and shared that he is a thyroid cancer survivor. As a member of a Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. support group, he said he’s the only guy, “as so many with this problem are women.”
If you have or had thyroid cancer, make sure to find or start a group in your area to get the ongoing support you may want and need too. ThyCa’s site here.
The following are facts are from the Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. website. Thyroid cancer affects people, mostly women, of all ages.
- Thyroid cancer is the most common endocrine cancer. Thyroid cancer is a cancerous tumor or growth located within the thyroid gland.
- Thyroid cancer is one of the few cancers that has increased in incidence rates over recent years. It occurs in all age groups from children through seniors.
- The American Cancer Society estimates that there were about 44,670 new cases of thyroid cancer in the U.S. in 2010. Of these new cases, about 33,930 were in women and about 10,740 in men. About 1,690 people (960 women and 730 men) died of thyroid cancer in 2010.
- Many patients, especially in the early stages of thyroid cancer, do not experience symptoms. However, as the cancer develops, symptoms can include a lump or nodule in the front of the neck, hoarseness or difficulty speaking, swollen lymph nodes, difficulty swallowing or breathing, and pain in the throat or neck.
- There are several types of thyroid cancer: papillary, follicular, medullary, anaplastic, and variants.