Even though thyroid cancer is not as common as other thyroid problems, according to Cancer Research UK thyroid cancer is within the top twenty most common cancers for women in the UK. Women have a higher risk of developing thyroid cancer although men can develop thyroid cancer. Almost half of all thyroid cancer patients are below the age of 50. Thyroid cancer is on the rise in UK as well as other countries in Europe. Since 1993 thyroid cancer rates have doubled among women.