What Are the Characteristics of Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma?


What are the characteristics of papillary thyroid cancer?


Women are more likely to have papillary thyroid cancer than men. The ratio is 3:1.

Most papillary thyroid cancers occur when people are at ages of 30 to 50.

The prognosis is closely related to the tumor size. A tumor less than 0.5 inch indicates a good prognosis.

The prognosis is also closely related to age. People with papillary thyroid cancer younger than 55 years old often have a much better prognosis than those who are over 55 years of age.

Though women are at a greater risk of the cancer, generally they have a better prognosis than men at similar ages.

Because of radiation exposure, papillary thyroid carcinoma accounts for 85% of thyroid cancers.

In more than half of the cases, the cancer moves to lymph nodes of the neck.

The cancer spreads to liver, lungs or bones only in rare cases.

It can be cured and the overall cure rate it pretty high.


Keywords: papillary thyroid cancer; papillary thyroid carcinoma



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