Thyroid No Surgery 101: Do not have a thyroid ultrasound without an Indication. Say no thanks to your physician unless they can give you an indication it is needed.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force USPSTF is against routine screening for thyroid cancer.
Clinicians should not screen for thyroid cancer in patients who have no symptoms of the disease, according to a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).
While there is very little evidence of the benefits of screening for thyroid cancer, there is considerable evidence of the significant harms of treatment,”
And in the places where universal screening has been tried, it hasn’t helped people live longer, healthier lives.”
Studies from several countries suggest widespread thyroid cancer screening leads to overdiagnosis,
People who are treated for small or slow-growing tumors are exposed to risks from surgery or radiation.
The patient receives no benefits because the tumors are unlikely to affect the person’s health during their lifetime.
If in doubt say no and get an expert opinion before allowing an ultrasound of the thyroid. Once you have the imaging you could be on the way to biopsy and surgery and radiation that you did not need for a small slow growing tumor that is unlikely to effect there health in their lifetime.
call 310-393-8860 or email to [email protected] for an evaluation before the unnecessary ultrasound send you for more testing and even surgery.
Richard Guttler MD,FACE,ECNU