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July 1978

Thyroid Neoplasms After Radiation Therapy for Acne

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Oakland, Calif

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(7):1017. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640190005001

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Paloyan and Lawrence published an article in the January Archives entitled, "Thyroid Neoplasms After Radiation Therapy for Adolescent Acne Vulgaris" (114:53-55, 1978). The article was comparatively conservative; for instance, the "Comment" was started with, "The association of thyroid neoplasia and a previous history of radiation exposure for the treatment of acne vulgaris may be purely coincidental...." On the other hand, apparently the American Medical Association issued a press release that led to such headlines as, "Twelve out of Twenty Patients Treated for Acne With X-rays Develop Thyroid Cancer." I have received an unprecedented number of phone calls from newspapers, television networks, and distressed dermatologists, the latter pleading with me to "do something about it." The only reply that I can think of is to offer this editorial. It will not reach the same audience, in size or variety, as the AMA's press release. However, it is hoped that it will

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