Thyroid cancer is the most common endocrine cancer. Unlike most other cancers, the incidence of thyroid cancer has reportedly been rising and it is the fastest rising cancer diagnosed in women in the last few years. However, it is unknown whether this increased incidence can be explained by better detection techniques or represents a true increase in the cancer across the world. Prior studies of autopsies done on people who died of non-thyroidrelated causes have shown that thyroid cancer is a rather common finding. If the incidence of thyroid cancer has increased, recent autopsy studies should reflect this. This study reviewed all recently reported autopsy studies to determine if there is truly a rising incidence of thyroid cancer.
THE FULL ARTICLE TITLE:
Furuya-Kanamori L et al. Prevalence of differentiated thyroid cancer in autopsy studies over six decades: a metaanalysis. J Clin Oncol. September 6, 2016 [Epub ahead of print].
SUMMARY OF THE STUDY
The authors looked at all recent thyroid cancer autopsy papers in the literature and combined their data to perform a meta-analysis. The final number of papers included was 35 and the final number of patients 12,834,