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How common are hyperfunctioning thyroid nodules?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The exact number of people who have hyperfunctioning thyroid nodules (as opposed to other types of non-cancerous thyroid nodules) is not known. However, hyperfunctioning thyroid nodules often contribute to hyperthyroidism, which is a well-documented condition. Statistics on hyperthyroidism indicate that approximately 1% of American individuals have hyperthyroidism. In addition, women are up to 10 times more likely to have hyperthyroidism than men.

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