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The UK NSC recommendation on Thyroid disease screening in adults

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
Last review completed April 2018
Next review due in 2021/22
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Find general information about population health screening.

Why is screening not recommended by UK NSC?

Screening for thyroid disease in adults is not recommended. This is because:

  • experts can't agree on what a "normal" thyroid hormone is
  • there is no cut off point where health professionals agree that treatment is needed
  • in some people thyroid hormone levels will return to normal without treatment
  • it is unclear whether an earlier treatment would be beneficial

More about Thyroid disease

Thyroid disease is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not function properly. There are two types of the condition:

  • hyperthyroidism, where the body produces too much thyroid hormone
  • hypothyroidism, where the body produces too little thyroid hormone
Thyroid dysfunction is associated with other health problems. Including increased risk of heart disease, decreased bone density, and stroke.

» Read more about overactive thyroid on NHS UK

» Read more about underactive thyroid on NHS UK


British Thyroid Association
British Thyroid Foundation
Faculty of Public Health
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Nursing
Royal College of Pathologists
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Royal Society of Medicine
Society for Endocrinology
Thyroid UK

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

Related documents

icon Evidence summary- thyroid disease (2013) (PDF document, 885KB, 12/12/19)

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