Most people probably know someone who has had thyroid disease of some sort, most commonly hypothyroidism - the term low thyroid hormone.
But there has been a significant rise in diagnosed thyroid disease in the past couple of decades due to screening. These diagnoses include problems with thyroid hormone as well as thyroid cancers. It's easy to get excited about diagnosing more disease - you catch it earlier and help people prevent the consequences of the disease. Or do you?
Today we are going to talk about screening asymptomatic patients for thyroid disease. We're also going to address that slipppery category of "subclinical" thyroid disease.