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Thyroid cancer is one of the few cancers that have increased in incidence rates over recent years. It occurs in all age groups from children through seniors.
The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be about 56,460 new cases of thyroid cancer in the U.S. in 2012. Of these new cases, about 43,210 will occur in women and about 13,250 will occur in men.
Many patients, especially in the early stages of thyroid cancer, do not experience symptoms. However, as the cancer develops, symptoms can include a lump or nodule in the front of the neck, hoarseness or difficulty speaking, swollen lymph nodes, difficulty swallowing or breathing, and pain in the throat or neck.
If a family member had or has medullary thyroid cancer and is found to have the familial form of the disease, siblings, children and parents should be tested at an early age to see if they have inherited a gene that makes thyroid cancer more common.