Thyroid Cancer Diagnoses Expected to Drop in 202302/2023
Thyroid cancer diagnoses are predicted to decrease slightly to 43,720 as compared to 43,800 in 2022. Deaths from thyroid cancer are expected to decrease slightly as well, to 2,120 in 2023, from 2,230 in 2022. This is based on information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Cancer Society.
“We are pleased with the continuing downward trend in estimated diagnoses of thyroid cancer” said ThyCa Executive Director Gary Bloom, a 27-year thyroid cancer survivor.
While most thyroid cancer is usually treatable when found early, there are rare types such as medullary, anaplastic, and more aggressive forms of papillary and follicular that are difficult to treat. Some small papillary thyroid cancers can be followed by active monitoring, rather than needing more aggressive treatment. Regardless, early detection is still important as any type of thyroid cancer becomes more difficult to treat if it has spread widely.