Recent radio ads featuring Rod Stewart are encouraging everyone to get screened for thyroid cancer. However, unless you already have symptoms, the screening is completely unwarranted and could lead to unnecessary surgical interventions.
Cancer of the thyroid gland is surprisingly common. Yet the majority of thyroid cancer cases have no negative effects on the body.
According Dr. Seth Landefeld of the US Preventative Services Task Force: “The common conception is every cancer is going to grow until it’s stopped or removed or kills your. That is not the case with these cancers.”