Thyroid cancer screening does not make us live longer

In a large study published a respectful journal, researchers confirmed that thyroid cancer screenings do not make us live longer.

THYROID CANCER SCREENING DOES NOT MAKE US LIVE LONGER

The authors followed up series of data from a Minnesota County from 1935 to 2012. Even though thyroid cancer incidence rate increase substantially over time, all of the increase was completely explained as over-diagnosis, meaning no improvement of thyroid cancer mortality.  According to the authors, the most frequent reasons of clinically insignificant thyroid cancer were:

(1) incidental discovery during diagnostic neck imaging (19%),

(2) pathology review of specimens from thyroid surgery for benign conditions (14%), and

(3) investigations of patients with symptoms or palpable nodules that were clearly not associated with coexistent but occult TC but triggered the use of diagnostic neck imaging in (27%).

Are you one of the patients that you doctor found a lump in your thyroid? Has your doctor recommended thyroid surgery due to a thyroid mass? Are you taking thyroid hormone every day because of thyroid surgery? Let us hear more about your experience.

Comments

comments

Comments are closed.