The UK NSC recommendation on Thyroid disease screening in adults
Find general information about population health screening.
More about Thyroid disease
Thyroid disease is a medical condition impairing the function of the thyroid.
Hyperthyroidism, also known as thyrotoxicosis or overactive thyroid, is a condition that occurs when there is too much thyroid hormone in the body. The condition is more common in women than men.
Hypothyroidism describes the general effects of a severely underactive thyroid gland, where not enough hormones are produced to keep the body functioning properly.
Why is screening not recommended by UK NSC?
Screening would detect people before they become ill and a review found that:
Because of this, the balance of benefit and harm from screening is not known.
The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More about the recommendation review process, including the role of stakeholders, can be found in the guide to Engaging with the UK NSC's recommendation review process.
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