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Incidental Thyroid Nodules and Thyroid Cancer Considerations Before Determining Management

on May 3, 2015

My fellow Hashimoto sufferers, I think you’ll find this post from blogger someone somewhere interesting.

https://zedie.wordpress.com/2015/05/02/ncidental-thyroid-nodules-and-thyroid-cancer-considerations-before-determining-management/

SOMEONE SOMEWHERE

The worldwide incidence of thyroid cancer is increasing substantially, almost exclusively attributable to small papillary thyroid cancers. Increased use of diagnostic imaging is considered the most likely explanation for this reported rise, but other factors may also be contributing. The increase in health care expenditures related to managing these presumably low-risk cancers, without a clear patient benefit, has resulted in a backlash against the early detection of thyroid cancer. Currently, there is no way to confidently predict which incidentally detected thyroid nodule may be the precursor to a more aggressive process. Predictions such as these would require more accurate characterization of the biology of individual thyroid cancers than is currently possible. With time, we might prove our ability to confidently differentiate low-risk from high-risk thyroid cancers, but until that happens, routine screening for thyroid cancer by imaging billed as a “health checkup” should not be performed. However, incidentally detected thyroid…

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