Thyroid Cancer 101: Decrease New Cases Expected in 2017
National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) In 2017, it is estimated that more than 56,000 new cases of Thyroid Cancer will be diagnosed in the United States—and approximately 75% of those patients will be women. In the United States, Thyroid Cancer is one of the of the most commonly diagnosed cancers among adolescents and young adults—the second most prevalent cancer in young women and sixth among young men. Although most thyroid cancer is slow-growing, some types are aggressive. Due to physician detection and intervention, the five-year survival rate in the United States is 98%.
11,000 cases that were called cancer in the past are now downgraded to a benign tumor called non-invasive follicular tumor with papillary like cells NIFT-P. That is a large reason the cases number for 2017 is estimated to be lower than 65,000 in in recent past.
Richard Guttler MD,FACE,ECNU
Comments: If you have a diagnosis of thyroid cancer you need to do a few things before the surgery.
- If it is <1.5 cm you may not need surgery at all. If you are a candidate you could be followed without surgery by active surveillance.
- If it is a non-invasive encapsulated papillary cancer you may only need a lobe removed which is less risky for complications than a total removal.
- Get expert advice before allowing any surgery.
- If you do need surgery, seek out a high volume surgeon.( >25 total TX/year to decrease your complication risk.