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Editorial
August 2016

Noninvasive Encapsulated Follicular Variant of Papillary Thyroid “Cancer” (or Not)Time for a Name Change

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York
  • 2Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York
  • 3Department of Otolaryngology, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York
JAMA Oncol. 2016;2(8):1005-1006. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2016.0714

Many subtypes of papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) have been described, of which classic PTC is the most common (70%-80%). The follicular variant of PTC (FVPTC) is the second most common subtype. It has increased in incidence by 4-fold in the last 3 decades, now making up approximately 20% of all thyroid cancers in Europe and North America.1,2

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