Thyroid disease (policy currently under review)
The UK NSC policy on Thyroid disease screening in adults
This policy is currently being reviewed as part of the UK NSC's regular review cycle of all policies.
The review process began in Mar 2013 and is estimated to be completed by Mar 2014.
| Systematic population screening programme not recommended
Screening should not be offered except in the context of peer-reviewed and ethically approved research.
|| Last external review
What is screening?
Screening is a process of identifying apparently healthy people who may be at increased risk of a disease or condition. They can then be offered information, further tests and appropriate treatment to reduce their risk and/or any complications arising from the disease or condition.
It is important to ensure that the benefits and downsides of screening have been properly thought through. The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) is responsible for reviewing screening policies every 3 years and making recommendations to ministers in the 4 UK countries about whether to not a screening programme for a certain condition should be set up.
» Find out more about screening, the role of the UK NSC or the policy review process
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.
» Read more about overactive thyroid on NHS Choices
» Read more about underactive thyroid on NHS Choices
• British Thyroid Association
• British Thyroid Foundation
The stakeholder groups will be involved when the policy is next reviewed.
If you think your organisation should be added, please
More about the policy review process, including the role of stakeholders,
can be found in the guide to Engaging with the UK NSC's policy review process.
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