Thyroid Cancer 2009 Statistics Show That It’s the 6th Most Common Cancer in Women, Increasing in Men

ThyCa Urges Early Detection Through Neck Checks

  • Thyroid cancer, one of the few cancers that has increased in incidence over the past several years, is expected to be newly diagnosed in 37,200 people in the United States in 2009, reports ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association.
  • Thyroid cancer is now the 6th most common cancer in women. About three times as many women as men get thyroid cancer.
  • Thyroid cancer has several types and variants,. It affects people in all age groups, from young children through senior citizens.
  • Thyroid cancer is usually treatable when found early.
  • A total of 27,200 women and 10,000 men are expected to be diagnosed with thyroid cancer this year. The number of deaths is expected to increase by about 2.5% over last year, to 1,630 in 2009.
  • The number of new diagnoses predicted is about the same as last year’s record total, and about double the number from 10 years ago, according to information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Cancer Society. The number of new cases in men is expected to increase more than 11% in 2009 over 2008.
  • ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. ( urges everyone to learn about thyroid cancer and to ask for a neck check at each doctor’s appointment.
  • Help raise awareness for early detection. E-mail us at to receive free materials, or call 877-588-7904, or download free awareness flyers from our Raise Awareness page.
  • ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization of thyroid cancer survivors, family members, and health care professionals, dedicated to education, communication, support, awareness for early detection, and thyroid cancer research fundraising and research grants.
  • For free awareness materials and more information about thyroid cancer and ThyCa’s free year-round support services, education, and publications, e-mail to, call toll-free 1-877-588-7904, write to PO Box 1545, New York, NY 10159-1545, or visit our website.