Although there are many forms of
thyroid cancers, the most common types are papillary and
follicular cancers. Fortunately, papillary and follicular are the most curable of thyroid cancers.
When diagnosed early and treated appropriately, papillary and
follicular thyroid cancers can have about 97% cure rate.
According to the National
Cancer Institute (NCI), the overall 5-year relative survival rate for 1999-2005 from 17 SEER (Surveillance
Epidemiology and Ends Research) geographic areas was 97.3%. Five-year relative survival rates by race and sex
94.8% for white men;
98.2% for white women;
91.4% for black men;
95.5% for black women.
Thyroid Cancer Prevention