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Thyroid cancer statistics

Thyroid Stats Doughnut

  • 2,727 people in the UK were diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2011.
  • There were 373 deaths from thyroid cancer in the UK in 2012.
  • Around 75.0% of adult thyroid cancer patients (74.2% of men and 78.9% of women) in England and Wales survived their cancer for five years or more in 1996-1999.


Stats, info and publications

See our Key Facts for a summary of the main stats and information.

See in-depth statistics for Incidence, Mortality and Survival

Download our publications about these statistics:

The latest statistics available for thyroid cancer in the UK are; incidence 2011, mortality 2012 and survival 1996-1999. Find out why these are the latest statistics available

The ICD code for thyroid cancer is ICD-10 C73.

Specific questions and answers about some of Cancer Research UK's statistics and information and explanations on terminology used for statistics and reporting of cancer, and the methods used to calculate some of the statistics are also available. 


We would like to acknowledge the essential work of the cancer registries in the United Kingdom and Ireland Association of Cancer Registries, without which there would be no data. 

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Updated: 8 September 2014