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Study finds new cancer risk from hysterectomy device

from The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

New research published by a prestigious medical journal estimates that nearly 1 in 370 women undergoing a hysterectomy with a common women's surgical device have a hidden uterine cancer, the largest assessment yet of the risk posed by a tool that is under scrutiny for its potential to spread undetected cancer. The study, published by Columbia University doctors in the Journal of the American Medical Association, sheds new light on the potential hazards of a surgical tool called a power morcellator that is used to remove uterine growths, fibroids, in laparoscopic surgery. It also found that the device might spread a wider range of cancers than previously believed. more


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