July 10th, 2012

Thyroid Cancer: Why Is It on the Rise?

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While new cases of some ­cancers—including breast, lung, and prostate—are leveling off, cancer of the thyroid (an endocrine gland in the neck) is spiking; diagnoses rose a whopping 173 percent between 2002 and 2012, ­making thyroid ­cancer one of the f­astest-growing types in the U.S. “Better screening and detection may explain part of the increase,” says ­Robert Smallridge, M.D., chairman of the division of endocrinology at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. “Still, research suggests other factors must be at play.”

 

PARADE Magazine By Camille Noe Pagan

 

Tags: Cancer, Endocrinology / Diabetes, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Robert Smallridge, thyroid cancer

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