Thyroid Cancer Screening Update

Thyroid Cancer Screening Update

Thyroid cancer screening guidelines have been updated. The US Preventive Services Task Force announced that it recommends against screening for thyroid cancer in asymptomatic adults. So, what does that mean for those who may have thyroid cancer?

The recommendation applies only to asymptomatic adults, which means if you have no symptoms, there will be no screening. The task force recommends screening for those with difficulty swallowing or lumps, swelling, or asymmetry of the neck.

H. Gilbert Welch, MD, a professor of medicine, community and family medicine at The Dartmouth Institute wrote that there is little if any, evidence that mass screening reduced mortality in thyroid cancer despite aggressive treatment.

You can read the full report here:

http://www.onclive.com/web-exclusives/experts-respond-to-uspstf-recommendation-against-thyroid-cancer-screening

 

This article explains further who needs to be concerned about the new guidelines for thyroid cancer screenings and treatments.

https://www.dukehealth.org/blog/understanding-new-thyroid-cancer-screening-guidelines

 

Also, results from a single-center study of a commercially available gene-expression classifier (GEC) for indeterminate thyroid nodules results in about one-third fewer patients undergoing surgery and significant cost savings at 6 years, a new study suggests.

You can read the results of this study here:

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/879784

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