Thyroid Cancer 101; Mortality in an aging population

Thyroid Cancer 101; Mortality in an aging population

Thyroid Cancer 101;  Mortality in an aging population

Thyroid Cancer 101; Mortality in an aging population

  1. Thyroid cancer is the fifth most common cancer diagnosed in women and accounts for more than 3 percent of all new cancer diagnoses.
  2. Fortunately, most patients diagnosed with thyroid cancer will survive.
  3. The annual mortality rate from thyroid cancer in the U.S. is constant at 0.5 per 100,000 population.
  4. The impact of age and an aging population
  5. Most patients diagnosed with differentiated thyroid cancer are younger than 55 years old.
  6. Patients diagnosed with medullary or anaplastic thyroid cancer are more likely to be ages 55 and older.
  7. Being age 55 or older is associated with worse survival rates.
  8. Aging population accounts for the entirety of the increase in thyroid cancer mortality, it certainly plays a role.
  9. Older age is associated with a shifting molecular profile of thyroid tumors and with an incomplete response to therapy.
  10.  A national spotlight on overtreatment appropriately swings the pendulum toward more cautious and conservative approaches for most differentiated thyroid cancers.
  11. Clinicians should guard against ignoring the fact that older age portends a greater risk of cancer mortality.
  12.  Until we obtain a grasp on why thyroid cancer behaves differently based on the age of the patient, clinicians must consider their patient’s age when counseling them about the most appropriate treatment plan.
  13. Second opinion before therapy at 310-393-8860 or thyroid.manager@protonmail.com.
  14. Dr.G.
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