UCLA study finds advanced thyroid cancer rate in some California counties is well above national averageTo investigate the possibility of environmental impacts as a predisposition for thyroid cancer, we sought to identify counties in California with possible geographic clustering of advanced thyroid cancer cases. We recently published our findings in the Journal of Surgical Research. – See more at: http://www.journalofsurgicalresearch.com/article/S0022-4804(15)01062-8/abstract
The research was led by Dr. Avital Harari, a member of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and assistant professor of surgery.
Approximately 63,000 people were diagnosed with thyroid cancer nationwide last year, and according to the National Cancer Institute, the incidence of thyroid cancer has increased across racial, ethnic and gender lines over the past several decades. When detected early, thyroid cancer is treatable and even curable. However, survival rates are much lower for people who are diagnosed at advanced stages of the disease.