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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.
  • Less than 1% of thyroid cancer cases each year in the UK are linked to major lifestyle and other risk factors.


Stats, info and publications

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

See in-depth statistics for Incidence, Mortality and Risk factors.  

Download our publications about these statistics:

The latest statistics available for thyroid cancer in the UK are; incidence 2011 and mortality 2012. Reliable survival data for trends over time in the UK is not available. One- and five-year survival data for adult men and women in England, and by age, will be available in our next update (Autumn 2015). Find out why these are the latest statistics available

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

In risk factors content, meta-analyses and systematic reviews are cited where available, as they provide the best overview of all available research and most take study quality into account. Individual case-control and cohort studies are reported where such aggregated data are lacking.

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: 14 January 2015