Thyroid Cancer Operations Drop 40%

  • By Choi Won-woo

    April 21, 2017 11:39

    The number of surgical operations on patients with thyroid cancer fell by more than 40 percent over the past five years, the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service said on Thursday.

    From 2012 to 2016, operations dropped by 42.3 percent from 41,306 to 23,832 cases.

    Diagnoses soared to a peak of 41,200 cases in 2011, but a group of campaigning doctors in 2014 warned of massive overdiagnosis by ultrasound of small or harmless nodes that then led to unnecessary operations. As a result operations plunged to 22,321 cases in 2015.

    In 2014 thyroid cancer was still considered the most common cancer, accounting for 33.4 percent of women cancer patients, but the 10-year survival rate was naturally high at 90 percent. 

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