This CancerBACUP booklet has been written to help you understand more about cancer of the thyroid. It should answer some of the questions you may have about its diagnosis and treatment, and addresses some of the feelings which are a large part of anyone's reaction to a cancer diagnosis.
The thyroid is a gland that makes and releases hormones. It is found at the base of your neck, at the front – just behind the small hollow where your collar bones meet. Thyroid cancer is quite a rare cancer. Only about 1,000 cases are diagnosed in the UK each year. Thyroid cancer is slightly more common in women than in men. We do not know why this is. Each year in the United States, thyroid cancer is diagnosed in 14,900 women and 4,600 men.
This booklet discusses possible causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and followup care. It also has information to help patients cope with thyroid cancer.