1 in 111*: The number of people in the United States who will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer in their lifetime
6.3%*: The increase in incidence of thyroid cancer in the United States between 1997 and 2007
44,670*: The estimated number of people in the United States who will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2010
1,690*: The estimated number of people in the United States who will die as a result of thyroid cancer in 2010. Not real enough? Read this.
434, 256*: The number of thyroid cancer survivors still alive in the United States as of January 1, 2007. You need names? Check back in with us tomorrow for a list of survivors who are participating in our awareness campaign.
$12.1 Million**: The decrease in research dollars the National Cancer Institute allocated to Head and Neck Cancers between 2004 and 2008 despite an increase in budget.
Do you see why numbers matter?
Tomorrow marks the beginning of Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. We need all hands on deck. EVERY voice makes a difference. With the incidence of thyroid cancer on the rise, we need more awareness. We need more support. We need the medical community to be on our team. We need more dollars for research. We need YOU to get involved.
Are you a thyroid cancer survivor? Participate in our survivorship post. Are you a thyroid cancer survivor and a blogger? Participate in our blog tour. Are you passionate about eradicating thyroid cancer? Sign this petition for the Surgeon General to recognize thyroid cancer as a public health issue.
It is NOT too late to get involved! Do your part to make a difference. Do your part to change the numbers. Make the decision right now to take part in the movement to invoke change on behalf of thyroid cancer patients.
What are you doing to raise awareness? We want to know. Tell us your story.
During the month of September, Dear Thyroid™ is standing together with ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc., Thycans.com, and Stevie JoEllie’s Cancer Care Fund to raise awareness with one voice. We invite you to join our efforts.