Expert Panel on Thyroid Cancer in NC

Welcome to the public comment page for the Expert Panel on Thyroid Cancer in North Carolina.

Source: Amy Meredith

According to the NC Department of Health and Human Services, in the last 20 years, the rate of new thyroid cancer diagnoses increased across NC, the United States, and globally. Between 2005-2016, the rate of thyroid cancer diagnoses in Iredell County, NC was significantly higher than the rate in NC overall, especially in the southeastern and southwestern regions of the county.

What is the purpose of this expert panel?

Source: Nancy Pierce

Because of these increased cancer rates, a group of four experts has been assembled to review current thyroid cancer research and identify additional research needed to better understand the patterns and potential causes of thyroid cancer in NC. This panel will develop a set of recommendations for new research that may help explain the elevated rates of thyroid cancer in NC. The panel also will make recommendations that address the development of environmental, clinical, biologic, and epidemiologic monitoring of thyroid cancer in NC along with any other resources that may be needed to support future research. The panel will convene in May 2019.

Who will participate in the panel?

Andrew Olshan, PhD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor in Cancer Epidemiology, UNC Department of Epidemiology
Adjunct Professor, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, UNC School of Medicine
Associate Professor of Population Sciences, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cari Kitahara, PhD
National Cancer Institute
Investigator, Radiation Epidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

Heather Stapleton, PhD
Duke University 
Dan and Bunny Gabel Associate Professor of Environmental Ethics and Sustainable Environmental Management, Environmental Sciences and Policy Division, Duke Nicholas School of the Environment

Louise Davies, MD, MS
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice

What resulted from the expert panel discussion?

How can I learn more about Thyroid Cancer?

Meeting sponsors include the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, the NC Policy Collaboratory, and the UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility.