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Papillary Thyroid Cancer Facts and Tips

  • Papillary thyroid cancer, also known as papillary thyroid carcinoma, is the most common type of thyroid cancer. In fact, papillary thyroid cancer accounts for about 85% of thyroid cancers.1
  • Women are more likely to develop papillary thyroid cancer than men, and it is most common in people who are 30 to 50 years of age.
  • In many cases, people don't even realize they have the disease until their doctor notices an abnormal, albeit painless, lump near the thyroid gland.
  • In 30% of people with papillary thyroid cancer, the cancer spreads to the lymph nodes in the neck in the follow-up after thyroid surgery.2
  • The bones and lungs are common sites where papillary thyroid cancer metastasizes.
  • There is no known cause of papillary thyroid cancer. But researchers know that it starts slowly.
  • Papillary thyroid cancer is very curable—especially if you are diagnosed early.
  • Papillary thyroid cancer is treated, in part, by surgically removing the thyroid gland, a procedure known as a thyroidectomy.
  • If you require a total thyroidectomy, you body will no longer be able to produce thyroid hormones. To compensate, you'll need to take thyroid hormone replacement therapy.