Thyroid cancer overdiagnosis is creating anxiety in a growing number of patients. A current study published in the JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery shares interviews with individuals who self-identified as being overdiagnosed and refused treatment identified feelings of anxiety and isolation. There is also concern about these same individuals disengaging from healthcare.
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This is the same type of overdiagnosis study as the one above but this one was done is the United States. Twelve participants described their decisions as met with nonreassuring, unsupportive responses. Medical professionals, friends, and internet discussion groups told them they were “being stupid,” “were wrong,” or were “crazy” to not intervene. And are we surprised that they want to disengage from healthcare! Most healthcare professionals I have ever talked to have always recommended the most drastic treatment available.
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