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Next generation sequencing test improves detection of thyroid cancer, reduces unnecessary surgeries

from Medical Xpress

A new test for genetic markers that can identify which lumps in the thyroid gland are cancerous and which are harmless — potentially preventing unneeded operations — will make its debut Oct. 1 for patients seeking care at the UPMC/UPCI Multidisciplinary Thyroid Center. Growth of a small mass or nodule of the thyroid gland, which is located in the "Adam's apple" area of the neck, is very common, particularly with aging, said Yuri Nikiforov, M.D., Ph.D. more

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