Thyroid Diseases Fact Sheet #1

Thyroid Diseases Fact Sheet #1

Thyroid Diseases Fact Sheet #1

Thyroid Diseases Fact Sheet #1

  1. The important gland that controls the human bodies metabolism weighs only less than one ounce.
  2. The normal thyroid length is less than 2 inches or  4-5 cm.
  3. 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease in 2016.
  4. The cost of treatment of thyroid disease in women is  $4.3 billion each year.
  5. 250,000 thyroid nodules detected by imaging like ultrasound.Please DO NOT allow an ultrasound or CT/MR without a clinical indication ( Goiter) and or symptoms of thyroid disease. Finding small harmless nodules that get biopsied lead to unnecessary surgery and is the cause of the epidemic of thyroid cancer when a small thyroid cancer which would most likely never grow ends you in the thyroid cancer statistic of 65,000 cases a year.
  6. 65,000 new thyroid cancers in 2016.11,000 are not cancer as a new benign category of Non -invasive follicular tumor NIFT-P with look a like papillary cancers cells.
  7. 45% reduction in thyroid surgery in Korea is due to less imaging, NIFT-P, more active surveillance of small cancers without surgery.
  8. 98% survival rate for thyroid cancer has not changed since 1970.
  9. The increase in cases over 40 years has not translated to more deaths.
  10. 3 fold increase in thyroid cancer just in last 3 decades.
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