Quick facts about thyroid nodules and cancer in younger patients
- Although more prevalent in older adults, thyroid nodules are not uncommon in younger individuals.
- Children and adolescents tend to present with more advanced disease (though have the best overall survival which approaches 98%-100%).
- Thyroid cancer is the most common endocrine cancer in the pediatric population, representing about 1% of all pediatric malignancies in pre-pubertal children to 7% in adolescents, with the incidence increasing by 1.1% per year.
Luckily, thyroid cancer is very treatable and survivors live long, healthy, productive lives.