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August 2017

The USPSTF Recommendation on Thyroid Cancer Screening: Don’t “Check Your Neck”

Author Affiliations
  • 1The VA Outcomes Group, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, White River Junction, Vermont
  • 2Section of Otolaryngology, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire
  • 3The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Hanover, New Hampshire
  • 4Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017;143(8):755-756. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2017.0502

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has reviewed the evidence for thyroid cancer screening1 and given the practice a grade D recommendation.2 What does this mean? Should we be relieved or outraged? After all, isn’t more information good? Shouldn’t we try to “catch cancer early” through screening?

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