Researchers estimate that 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. Here’s what you need to know.
- Up to 60 percent of people with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.
- Women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid issues, and one out of eight women will develop a thyroid condition sometime during her life.
- The American Cancer Society estimates than about 62,000 people will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2016. With treatment, the 30-year survival rate for thyroid cancer usually exceeds 90 percent.
- Graves' disease, an autoimmune-related form of hyperthyroidism, affects 1 percent of the population.