The FDA has come out with a warning against a fibroid procedure that women are having as it may lead to cancer. Fibroids are small growths that happen on the walls of the uterus. They are non-cancerous to start with. Black woman have been shown to have up to three times more of a risk for developing the fibroids due to the following reasons:
– Hormone levels
– Family history
– Body weight
The procedure that the FDA is warning people of is called laparoscopic power morcellation. This is when they use a small power tool and destroy the fibroid tissues. It is a minimally invasive procedure which makes it more appealing. The problem is that studies are now saying that this procedure is actually spreading cancerous cells through the body. Most of the time it is unknown that the woman has a type of cancer in the uterus called uterine sarcoma. When the tissues are torn apart during the procedure this unknown cancer can be spread to other organs in the body through the blood stream.
There are around 60,000 morcellation procedures performed in the U.S. per year. Out of these cases it is estimated that one is every 350 women have uterine sarcoma but don’t know it. The FDA has taken this information and sent a warning to providers to make sure that this course of treatment is really the best or only option for the patient. They have not yet banned the procedure as more research needs to be conducted.
If you visit your OB/GYN and find that you need to have thyroids removed ask if they will be using the laparoscopic power morcellation procedure and if they are ask why they feel this is the best course of treatment.