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How common are follicular adenoma thyroid nodules?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Follicular adenoma thyroid nodules are more common than most people realize. You have a 1 in 10 chance of developing a thyroid nodule, and 9 out of 10 nodules are adenomas (benign). Some sources report that as many as 50% of people have them. The majority of these are undiagnosed and do not cause problems. The specific incidence of follicular adenoma thyroid nodules (as differentiated from other types of non-cancerous thyroid nodules) is not indicated.

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