Doctors unsure why thyroid cancer cases on the rise

USA Today | Jan 16, 2012

By Shari Rudavsky

INDIANAPOLIS – Thyroid cancer, which affects about 11 people per 100,000 each year, seems to be on the rise. It’s a trend that baffles medical researchers.

National Cancer Institute statistics suggest that in recent years the number of cases of this often curable cancer has increased by about 6.5%. Over a decade, that has added up to make thyroid cancer the fastest-increasing cancer, says Tod Huntley, an otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon with the Center for Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy in Indianapolis.

“Ten years ago, if I saw four new thyroid cancer patients a year, it would have been a lot,” says G. Irene Minor, a radiation oncologist with Indiana University Health Central Indiana Cancer Center. “Now sometimes I see that many in a month, and I have seen three in a week.”

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2 Responses to Doctors unsure why thyroid cancer cases on the rise

  1. Lance says:

    Couldn’t be from the use of, or release of, chemicals and/or radioactive materials into the environment could it?

    • Sylvia says:

      Hmmm…let’s see..until now radioactive Iodine has been a cause of thyroid cancer….Fukushima is emitting radioactivity daily…radioactive Iodine comes down in the rain…hmmm…

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