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Increased Screening Has Led to Rise in Thyroid Cancer Misdiagnosis

Rise in Thyroid Cancer Overdiagnosis

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  • Thyroid disease is very prevalent across the world due to lifestyle factors such as iodine deficiency, thyroid-disrupting medications, and heavy metal toxicity
  • In South Korea, thyroid cancer has become the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer, having increased 15-fold in the past 20 years
  • Cancer experts note that the situation in South Korea is likely due to increased screening and misdiagnosis of harmless tumors, opposed to a true rise in lethal cancer
  • Removing and treating harmless tumors can lead to a slew of cascading health problems; surgical removal of your thyroid means you need to take thyroid hormones for the remainder of your life

By Dr. Mercola

Thyroid cancer appears to be on the rise in many areas of the world, although recent research suggests this may be more due to over-diagnosis than an actual increase in incidence.

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