As expected, majority of patients were women (about 79%) and the average age at the time of diagnosis of cancer was 45. A total of 331 patients died of thyroid cancer; the rate of death was found to be higher with increasing age, without finding a specific age that could serve as a cutoff for separating patients at higher risk of death from the others.
This study has shown that the chance of dying from Papillary thyroid cancer is indeed higher with increasing age. However, no age cutoff was found to distinguish patients with a better outcome from the others.
WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS STUDY?
The finding of this study may change the staging system for thyroid cancer. This study suggests that an age >45 does not necessarily indicate a significantly higher risk of thyroid cancer recurrence and it may not be appropriate to recommend more aggressive treatment options. More studies are needed to clarify these findings.
— Shirin Haddady, MD
ATA THYROID BROCHURE LINKS
Thyroid Cancer (Papillary and Follicular): https://www. thyroid.org/thyroid-cancer/