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Aug

Study Finds Thyroid Cancer Diagnoses Rise, But Treatment May Not Be Best

In 2014, Megan Serrano anxiously waited in her doctor’s office when she received the dreaded news that she had thyroid cancer.

She says it all started when she felt something weird in the back of her throat, but after visiting a clinic, receiving an ultrasound, and being handed her results Serrano decided not to have her cancer treated, for now.

“I feel like I did a good thing,” the busy 44-year-old mother of two said. “I don’t have to rely on medication, get surgery, or be away from my kids for a week because of radiation.”

Thyroid cancer diagnoses have tripled in the last three decades, a new report published in the New England Journal of Medicine Wednesday says, and not all of those cancers may need immediate treatments that can be aggressive — like surgery, radiation therapy and the potential for lifelong medications.

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