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US thyroid cancer rates are epidemic of diagnosis not disease, study says

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1743 (Published 24 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1743
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The rising incidence of thyroid cancer in the United States is not an epidemic of disease but one of diagnosis, a new study claims.1

In the study Louise Davies and Gilbert Welch of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in Hanover, New Hampshire, analyzed data on the incidence of thyroid cancer from the National Cancer Institute’s SEER program and data on thyroid cancer mortality from the National Vital Statistics System from 1975 to 2009.

They found that the incidence of thyroid …

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