A 40-year-old member asked:
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are thyroid nodules common?

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Dr. Robert Lang
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
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Dr. Alen Cohen
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
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Dr. Farhad Sigari
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
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Dr. Brendan Stack jr., md, facs, face
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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