8 Things to Know About Thyroid Cancer
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1. Cases of thyroid cancer have increased in recent years.

In fact, it’s the most rapidly increasing cancer diagnosis in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Experts at the ACS believe the increase is mostly due to more use of ultrasound than in the past. Ultrasound can find very small nodules and lead to early diagnosis. But there have also been increases in larger tumors that don’t require ultrasound for diagnosis.

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  1. Do We Know What Causes Thyroid Cancer? American Cancer Society. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/thyroidcancer/detailedguide/thyroid-cancer-what-causes 
  2. How Is Thyroid Cancer Diagnosed? American Cancer Society. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/thyroidcancer/detailedguide/thyroid-cancer-diagnosis 
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  7. What You Need to Know About Thyroid Cancer. National Cancer Institute. http://www.cancer.gov/publications/patient-education/thyroid.pdf

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