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Morcellation of Uterine Fibroids Creates Cancer Risk

Using a power morcellation tool to remove uterine fibroids creates an unnecessary risk of spreading uterine cancer throughout the body, causing some women to rapidly develop advanced cancer. There is no reliable method for predicting whether a woman with fibroids may have a uterine sarcoma. When a power morcellator is used to break uterine fibroid tissue into small pieces for easy removal, any cancer cells within the tissue can become detached from the underlying mass and circulate through the bloodstream causing hematogenous spread of cancer throughout the body. The FDA discouraged the use of laparoscopic power morcellation during hysterectomy or myomectomy for uterine fibroids earlier this year and Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson company, finally issued a global recall of all power morcellators on Wednesday July 30, 2014.

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