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Benign Thyroid Conditions Associated with Increased Risk of Thyroid Cancer Later in Life

Dr. Cari Kitahara and colleagues report an association between diagnosis of hyperthyroidism and thyroiditis (inflammation of the thyroid gland), two benign thyroid conditions, and increased risk of differentiated thyroid cancer. This work provides important new evidence on risk factors for thyroid cancer.

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The Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) is a research program of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Division is the world’s most comprehensive cancer epidemiology research group. Its renowned epidemiologists, geneticists, and biostatisticians conduct population and multidisciplinary research to discover the genetic and environmental determinants of cancer and new approaches to cancer prevention. The Division’s research impacts public health policy in the United States and around the world.