Careers  |  Sign In  |  Register

Seniors Pinpointed in Hysterectomy Cancer Risk

Researchers have pinpointed the likelihood of cancer spread in the minimally invasive hysterectomy procedure of morcellation, a CBSNews article reports. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, evaluated insurance data from over 500 hospitals and found that the odds were highest for patients over 65 years old. In April, the FDA issued a safety alert discouraging the use of morcellation in hysterectomy due to cancer risk, because since the procedure involves power cutting the uterus into smaller fragments, undetected cancer cells can spread to other areas. The risk is not present when the uterus is removed intact.

Read the article published by CBSNews.

Read the study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.