Indicator Profile of Incidence of Thyroid Cancer

Why Is This Important?

During 2009, 387 male and 1,303 female New Jersey residents were diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Thyroid cancer is different than many adult cancers in that it occurs about 3 times more often in women than in men, and it is more frequently diagnosed in younger adults. Nearly 2 out of 3 cases are found in people between the ages of 20 and 55.

Risk factors for thyroid cancer include: high doses of ionizing radiation such as might be received in therapeutic treatment; family history of thyroid diseases; and personal history of goiter and other benign thyroid diseases. Some possible risk factors include: diagnostic radiation such as x-rays, endogenous female hormones; oral contraceptive use; and obesity. Most people diagnosed with thyroid cancer however have no known preventable risk factors.

NJ Age-Adjusted Invasive Thyroid Cancer Incidence, by Year and Sex, 1990 - 2009

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Data Notes

Incidence rates (cases per 100,000 population per year) are age-adjusted to the 2000 US standard population (19 age groups: <1, 1-4, 5-9, ... , 80-84, 85+). Rates are for invasive cancer only (except for bladder cancer which is invasive and in situ) or unless otherwise specified. Data retrieved April 18, 2012 from New Jersey Department of Health, New Jersey State Cancer Registry, web site http://www.cancer-rates.info/nj/. Data for 2008 and 2009 are considered preliminary due to possible reporting delays. 

Data Sources

National Center for Health Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau. Vintage 2009 bridged-rate postcensal population estimates. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/bridged_race.htm as of July 23, 2010.;  State Cancer Registry, Cancer Epidemiology Services, New Jersey Department of Health; 

Other Graphical Views


Incidence rate of invasive thyroid cancer for a defined population in a specified time interval. Rates are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. Standard Population. Rates are per 100,000 population.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of new cases of thyroid cancer among a defined population in a specified time interval.
Denominator: Defined population in a specified time interval.

Page Content Updated On 06/04/12, Published on 07/19/12
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