A 40-year-old member asked:
are thyroid nodules common?
4 doctor answers
Dr. Robert Lang answered
51 years experience Endocrinology
Yes: Thyroid nodules occur in up to 50% of the worlds population. Modern ultrasound equipment can detect very small nodules that were not detectable with older machines. Only about 5% of nodules are cancerous. Nodules tend to increase in frequency as one matures.
Answered on May 20, 2019
Dr. Alen Cohen answered
13 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Very: Thyroid nodules are extremely among the general population, more so in women than men. About 80% of nodules are benign in women and about 70% are benign in men. But all nodules over 1cm should be evaluated by a specialist.
Answered on Jul 14, 2018
Dr. Farhad Sigari answered
19 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Very: Very common, more common in females than males. Majority are benign.
Answered on Jul 9, 2018
31 years experience Head and Neck Surgery
Incidence of nodules: Thyroid nodules are very common. 50% of 50 year olds have them. About 1/3 are discovered by the patient, 1/3 by a doctor, and the rest are incidental found on an imaging study of the head, neck, or chest.
Answered on Jun 28, 2017
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