About Thyroid Cancer
Thyroid cancer occurs in the thyroid gland, found in the front of the neck. The thyroid is part of the endocrine system, a group of glands that helps your body work correctly.
There are several kinds of thyroid cancer. Most can be cured with treatment.
Some facts about thyroid cancer:
- Thyroid cancer affects mostly younger people. This makes it different from many other cancers in adults.
- Thyroid cancer is the fastest-growing cancer diagnosis in the United States.
- Because thyroid cancer is more common in young, otherwise healthy people, it can strongly affect mental and emotional health.
At the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute we want to learn why thyroid cancer diagnoses are on the rise. More importantly, we want to reduce that number and prevent thyroid cancer’s effects on mental and emotional health. Our goal is to end cancer as we know it.