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New thyroid cancer removal technique leaves minimal scarring
Thyroid cancer surgery often leaves behind a long and pronounced scar on the front of the patient's neck. However, doctors at the Medical College of Georgia have found a new technique that leaves minimal scarring.
Increased rates of thyroid cancer may be a result of nuclear testing
According to a recent New York Times article, thyroid cancer in the U.S. has been on the rise for nearly 40 years. This means that the impacts of radioactive iodine fallout from nuclear weapons testing cannot be ruled out, according to CounterPunch.org.
Unnecessary exposure to radiation may lead to thyroid cancer
Many Americans are receiving dangerously high doses of radiation from an unlikely source. Despite potential thyroid and other cancer risks, CT scans - tests that use a focused beam of X-rays to provide a sharp cross-section view of soft tissues - are a powerful source of radiation that are used every day, the LA Times reports.
EPA launches cleanup efforts of thyroid disrupting chemicals in California water supply
This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will build pumps and treatment systems to clean contaminated groundwater from the Rialto-Colton basin in California, and deliver it to homes and businesses. The cleanup, is an effort to remove toxic chemicals which have been linked to thyroid problems and cancer.
Study shows cancer stem cells present in thyroid cancer
A study presented at the 14th International Thyroid Congress supports the existence of cancer stem cells in thyroid cancer.
Tenor loses his voice to thyroid cancer, recovers and performs
Italian tenor Giuseppe Filianoti recently came forward about his battle with thyroid cancer. The New York Post reports that the singer was diagnosed in 2005, after receiving rave reviews for his Met debut in "Lucia di Lammermoor."
Coal ash exposure may increase risk of thyroid cancer
Little Blue Run Dam is an unlined coal fly ash impoundment that reaches into parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. For those living near this and similar facilities, the risk of thyroid and other cancers can be as high as 1 in 50, which is 2,000 times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) "acceptable cancer risk of 1 in 100,000." This statistic only takes into account the risk of cancer from arsenic exposure in drinking water, AlterNet reports.
New molecular test may prevent unnecessary surgery in patients with benign thyroid nodules
At this year's International Thyroid Congress, Veracyte - a molecular diagnostics company - announced that its fine needle aspirates (FNA) test determined thyroid nodules as benign with a high degree of accuracy, which could help thousands of patients each year avoid surgery.
French Polynesians who were exposed to nuclear waste may be at risk for thyroid cancer
Researchers from the Institut Gustave Roussy in Paris recently announced that Polynesians who were exposed to fallout from France's atmospheric nuclear tests in the South Pacific face a low risk of developing thyroid cancer, the Associated Press reports. France carried out 41 atmospheric tests in French Polynesia between 1966 and 1975 before conducting all further blasts underground.
New drug could help those with aggressive thyroid cancer
A recent study published in The Lancet Oncology reveals that the drug pazopanib may help patients with metastatic, rapidly progressing thyroid cancers.
Presence of thyroglobulin after radioiodine treatment may indicate recurrence of thyroid cancer
Detecting thyroglobulin (Tg) after initial surgery and radioactive iodine (131I) therapy for thyroid cancer may be predictive of an early cancer recurrence, according to a study reported at the 14th International Thyroid Congress, Doctor's Guide reports.
New type of radiation therapy delivers faster treatment
Recent studies have shown that TomoTherapy - a system used to treat common and rare tumors throughout the body - may be more effective than other types of radiation.
Thyroid cancer patients are increasingly using alternative therapies
In a report presented during the recent International Thyroid Congress, researchers from Boston University (BU) Medical Center found that more than 80 percent of patients with thyroid cancer report using some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapy. However, for 18 percent of those individuals, their CAM use was neither known nor prescribed by their physician, and their physician did not ask them about it, Endocrine Today reports.
Researchers discover new model for predicting the effects of osteoporosis on the general public
An article recently published in the journal Osteoporosis International demonstrates a new model that describes the current and future issues related to postmenopausal osteoporosis.
Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey battles thyroid cancer and continues to dance
Actress Jennifer Grey may be best known for her role in the movie Dirty Dancing, and she has recently joined the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars (DWTS). However, the actress recently battled thyroid cancer, which was found during her pre-DWTS health screening, USA Today reports.

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