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Understanding thyroid cancer

First Aired: March 29, 2014

From left, Kathryn Wall, Dave Richmond and Mary Lawrence

From left, Kathryn Wall, Dave Richmond and Mary Lawrence

According to 2015 estimates, more than 62,000 people will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer this year. That’s slightly less than the number of diagnoses last year, but the number of deaths is expected to increase by 3 percent. Women are more likely to face thyroid cancer – in fact, 3 out of every 4 people diagnosed with thyroid cancer are women. It affects people at any age, with about half of those diagnosed being under 50.

So, what exactly is thyroid cancer? And what does the thyroid gland do? We get the 4-1-1 from Kathryn Wall, a thyroid cancer survivor who facilitates the Raleigh Thyroid Cancer Support Group that’s part of the international organization, Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association. She also serves on the Association board and as support group. coordinator.

For additional information:
Why you should stop calling thyroid cancer “good cancer”
Thyroid Cancer Types, Stages and Treatment Overview
September Is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

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