We’re spreading the word about women’s health & pharmaceuticals in honor of Women’s Health Week.
If you didn’t know already, women keep this world running. The only catch is women suffer some of the worst injustices —like a pharmaceutical world that neglects to perform clinical testing equally in both men and women. It’s called “Disproportionate Harm,” as in: Women suffer more unnecessary health complications than men due to pharmaceutical negligence .
It’s time to change that. We’ll start by speaking up and sharing this information with our friends.
Power Morcellation: a surgical device that is often used in hysterectomies. A device that may cause disastrous health complications in some women.
This is “her” story.
This was the time when she was supposed to have her whole life to herself. No more kids in the nest! No more long nights at work! This was her time, her life, finally.
The only little bump in the road was the need for a hysterectomy, a surgical “bump in the road” for many women at a certain age in life. Only, her bump turned out to be a mountain, a major setback that would change her life (her life! once it was finally her time!) for the worse.
It’s called power morcellation, and it’s a surgical device that may be used in hysterectomies, uterine fibroid removals and other gynecological surgeries. Unfortunately, power morcellators may increase a woman’s risk of developing late-stage cancer.
The way this happens is so out of this world and hard to believe, you might think we’re joking.
Unfortunately, this could not be more serious.
Power morcellation works by slicing up unwanted tissues and vacuuming them away.
However, instead of getting the unwanted tissues out of the body entirely, sometimes, power morcellators can move the tissues around. Which is troublesome, because if a tissue the device is removing is cancerous, power morcellators may accidentally spread the tissue around in a woman’s abdominal cavities, causing the cancerous tissues to reappear in a new, unexpected, place.
If that weren’t problem enough, there is a chance that these dispersed tissues can mean the development of a very dangerous and aggressive cancer that may not be diagnosed until it is in its late stages, because the cancer is unexpected and in such an unusual spot.
Unfortunately, some women may have very microscopic cancer cells prior to their hysterectomy and power morcellators may spread these cancerous cells. Meaning, while the device does not necessarily cause the cancer, it does spread the cancer — turning an “invisible cancer” in an early stage (one that you didn’t know you had) into a much more severe situation.
Women who must undergo uterine fibroid removals are often advised to receive pre-op testing and routine screenings for uterine cancer before power morcellation and other surgeries. However, pre-op testing cannot identify all cancerous cells or cases of uterine cancer.
For all the women who developed cancer because of power morcellators and for all the women who lost valuable time in their lives and with their loved ones because of a surgical device, we stand up.
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