A 42-year-old member asked:

How young can people be and get diagnosed with thyroid cancer ?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Della Howell
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 25 years experience
Almost any age: While most people who get thyroid cancer are older, it can occur in teenagers and in even those less than 10 years old. Those who have been exposed to radiation (either through radiation treatment for other types of cancer, environmenal sources, etc) are more likely to develop thyroid cancer, but radiation exposure is not necessary.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 30 years experience
It varies.: Depending on the type of cancer, different age groups are affected. Follicular carcinoma can be in older age groups, while papillary carcinomas are seen in the 2nd and 3rd decades, and older groups.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

Related questions

A 46-year-old member asked:
Is it likely to get thyroid cancer if your mother had it twice before?
1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
A 48-year-old member asked:
If I get thyroid cancer, would I be able to get rid of it using radioactive treatment?
4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
A 41-year-old member asked:
I have hypothyroidism - does that mean i'm more likely to get thyroid cancer?
3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Last updated Jul 26, 2013
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$44 video appointments with $19/month membership*
*Billed $57 every 3 months. Cancel anytime.


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.