Thyroid Cancer in Children



About Thyroid Cancer

The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped organ that sits below the Adam’s apple in the front of the neck. The thyroid gland makes hormones that regulate the body’s response to hot and cold, the energy level of the body, and weight and appetite.

Thyroid cancer in children is rare and often cured. Exposure to head and neck irradiation results in an increased risk. Only one in every 1,200 children under 20 are affected by thyroid cancer in the United States each year. Survival rates among children are nearly 95%.

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