Thyroid cancer is the 20th most common cancer in the UK, accounting for 1% of all new cancer cases (2015).[1-4]
In males in the UK, thyroid cancer is the 20th most common cancer (less than 1% of all new male cancer cases). In females in the UK it is the 17th most common cancer (1% of all new female cancer cases).
27% of thyroid cancer cases in the UK are in males, and 73% are in females.
Thyroid cancer incidence rates (
Thyroid Cancer (C73), Number of New Cases, Crude and European Age-Standardised (AS) Incidence Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2015
|AS Rate - 95% LCI||3.1||2.5||1.7||1.8||3.0|
|AS Rate - 95% UCI||3.5||3.9||3.3||4.2||3.4|
|AS Rate - 95% LCI||7.9||6.3||3.9||4.3||7.7|
|AS Rate - 95% UCI||8.6||8.3||6.2||7.5||8.3|
|AS Rate - 95% LCI||5.6||4.7||3.1||3.4||5.4|
|AS Rate - 95% UCI||6.0||5.9||4.5||5.4||5.8|
For thyroid cancer, there are few established risk factors therefore differences between countries largely reflect differences in diagnosis and data recording.
- Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, July 2017. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/cancerregistrationstatisticsengland/previousReleases.
- Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, August 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications.
- Data were provided by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Health Intelligence Division, Public Health Wales on request, October 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.wcisu.wales.nhs.uk.
- Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, July 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/.
About this data
Data is for UK, 2015, ICD-10 C73.