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New strategy could eliminate most unnecessary thyroid biopsies

from Oncology Nurse Advisor

Researchers are recommending a more selective approach to biopsy of thyroid nodules after finding that only three nodule characteristics found on thyroid ultrasound imaging were associated with the risk for thyroid cancer: microcalcifications, size greater than 2 cm, and an entirely solid composition. According to information in the UCSF statement, National Cancer Institute data indicate that an estimated 14,910 men and 45,310 women will have received a diagnosis of thyroid cancer in 2013 and that 1,850 of these patients will die as a result of the disease. more

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