You have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and contrary to your doctor's advice, you choose to not proceed with surgery. Is this a patient trend, and how often are patients making this decision? In a qualitative analysis, Dr. Louise Davies reports on the experience of US patients who self-identify as having an over-diagnosed thyroid cancer. How likely is death as result of thyroid cancer? In a study by H. Harach, he sites that when reviewing random autopsies, thyroid cancer was prevalent in 34% of the cadavers.