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No Routine Screening for Thyroid Cancer: Expert Panel

Posted 9 May 2017 by

TUESDAY, May 9, 2017 – Doctors shouldn't routinely screen adults for thyroid cancer if they have no symptoms or warning signs of the disease, according to the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF). Doing so could cause more harm than good, said the independent panel of experts as it reaffirmed guidelines it issued in 1996 and 2016. "While there is very little evidence of the benefits of ...

Household Flame Retardants Tied to Thyroid Cancer Risk

Posted 11 Apr 2017 by

TUESDAY, April 11, 2017 – Flame retardants used in many home furnishings may boost the risk for thyroid cancer, researchers report. "Thyroid cancer is the fastest increasing cancer in the U.S., with most of the increase in new cases being papillary thyroid cancer," said study lead investigator Dr. Julie Ann Sosa. This is the most common type of thyroid cancer. "Recent studies suggest that ...

Gene Changes May Put Childhood Cancer Survivors at Risk

Posted 4 Apr 2017 by

MONDAY, April 3, 2017 – Many survivors of childhood cancer have mutations in cancer-associated genes, possibly increasing their risk for cancers later in life, researchers report. The new study included more than 3,000 people who survived childhood cancer for five years or more. More than 12 percent had changes in one of 156 genes linked to increased risk of cancer, the findings showed. By age ...

Check Your Neck for Thyroid Abnormalities

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 – Regular self-exams play an important role in early detection of thyroid disease, a specialist says. That's a timely reminder because January is Thyroid Awareness Month. "The number of cases of thyroid cancer is rising, and while in most cases the outcomes of treatment are favorable, some patients present with disease that has progressed and may be more difficult to ...

Young Thyroid Cancer Survivors May Face Long-Term Health Risks

Posted 24 Jan 2017 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 – Younger survivors of thyroid cancer are at increased risk for certain types of health problems later in life, a new study suggests. "As the number of thyroid cancer survivors grows, more people are living with other serious health conditions resulting from treatment," study lead author Brenna Blackburn said in an American Society of Clinical Oncology news release. ...

Scans Not Worthwhile for Most Thyroid Cancers: Study

Posted 21 Jul 2016 by

THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 – Having scans after treatment does not improve thyroid cancer patients' chances of survival, a new study shows. Researchers from the University of Michigan looked at more than 28,000 patients in the United States who were diagnosed with thyroid cancer between 1998 and 2011. After treatment, 57 percent of the patients had at least one ultrasound, 24 percent had a ...

Thyroid Cancer Cases in U.S. Level Off, Perhaps Reflecting Diagnostic Changes

Posted 15 Apr 2016 by

THURSDAY, April 14, 2016 – Fewer thyroid cancers are diagnosed in the United States now than in the recent past, perhaps signaling a change in physician practices, a new study says. And many thyroid growths won't even be called "cancer" any more, according to another new report. The tripling of thyroid cancer cases over the past 30 years "used to be a mystery," said Dr. Luc Morris, lead author ...

Surgeons' Experience Matters With Thyroid Removal

Posted 28 Mar 2016 by

FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 – If you need your thyroid gland removed, choosing a surgeon who performs more than 25 thyroid removals a year might minimize your risks, a new study suggests. "This is a very technical operation, and patients should feel empowered to ask their surgeons how many procedures they do each year, on average," said study senior author Dr. Julie Sosa, chief of endocrine surgery ...

Breast Cancer Survivors Vulnerable for Thyroid Tumors, and Vice Versa: Study

Posted 5 Feb 2016 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 – Women who survive breast or thyroid cancer are linked to an increased risk for the other, according to a new analysis. University of Chicago researchers who reviewed 37 published studies found breast cancer survivors were 1.55 times more likely to develop thyroid cancer than women who hadn't had breast cancer. And, female thyroid cancer survivors were 1.18 times more ...

Surgeon's Experience Tied to Success of Thyroid Removal: Study

Posted 8 Oct 2015 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 – Patients who undergo thyroid removal may be less likely to suffer complications if their surgeon performs many such surgeries each year, a new study says. Removal of the thyroid gland, located at the base of the neck, is a common operation. More than 72,300 total thyroidectomies are performed in the United States annually, usually to treat thyroid cancer or benign ...

Better Imaging Scans Catching More Thyroid Cancers: Study

Posted 11 Sep 2015 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2015 – Advanced imaging technology has helped doctors spot more cases of thyroid cancer over the past decade, a new study finds. But the Mayo Clinic researchers warn that nearly one-third of these cases involve people with low-risk tumors. "We are spotting more cancers, but they are cancers that are not likely to cause harm," study author Dr. Juan Brito Campana, an assistant ...

Study Questions Close Monitoring of Thyroid Growths

Posted 3 Mar 2015 by

TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 – Harmless growths in the thyroid gland are common, and a new study suggests they don't need to be monitored as closely as current guidelines recommend. The thyroid is a gland in the neck that secretes hormones involved in metabolism. According to the American Thyroid Association, by age 60 about half of all people develop a thyroid nodule, an abnormal lump of cells within ...

Too Many Unnecessary Thyroid Biopsies Performed, Experts Say

Posted 26 Aug 2013 by

MONDAY, Aug. 26 – Many Americans are undergoing needless thyroid biopsies, researchers say, and simplifying clinical guidelines would go a long way toward curbing the problem. The investigators from University of California, San Francisco analyzed the medical records of about 8,800 patients who underwent thyroid ultrasound scans. Reporting in the Aug. 26 online issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, ...

Lower-Dose Radioiodine Effective Against Thyroid Cancer

Posted 2 May 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, May 2 – People with thyroid cancer are often given a radioactive iodine treatment to wipe out stray cancer cells, a treatment that comes with its own health risks. Now, two new studies find that a safer, lower dose of radioactive iodine is just as effective as the higher dose at getting rid of any such cells that remain after surgery. The research also found that patients were just as ...

Experts Divided on Whether to Treat Thyroid Cancer

Posted 17 May 2010 by

MONDAY, May 17 – Immediate treatment of thyroid cancer that has not spread beyond the gland doesn't make much difference in long-term survival, according to a study that quickly aroused controversy. "One thing that really surprised me was how good survival was," said Dr. Louise Davies, lead author of a report on the study, published in the May issue of Archives of Otolaryngology. "We found that ...

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