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Morcellators During Hysterectomies

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Amy Reed had a hysterectomy last year because she had large fibroids. Now the 41-year-old mother of six is battling Stage 4 cancer. "Sarcoma is a bad cancer, it comes back often."

Doctors used a morcellator during her minimally invasive surgery. The device allows surgeons to fragment the uterus into smaller pieces, so they can remove it through small incisions. But Amy had a cancer that was not previously picked up. "So they took it from contained within the fibroid within my uterus and spread the cancer throughout my abdomen."

New research from Columbia University estimates one in 368 women have uterine cancer at the time of their procedure. 

"I would say that these findings suggest that cancer is more common than what has been previously believed," says Dr. Jason Wright of Columbia University.

The American College of OBGYNs says the research shows some cancers can be caught before surgery,  allowing doctors to choose a different approach.

Amy had several tests that did not pick up her cancer before her procedure. She and her husband testified before the FDA earlier this month. "I'm angry it hasn't been brought to light. These tools have been on the market for 20 years. You are basically playing Russian roulette with that patient's life."

They hope the agency bans the device and saves more women from what Amy's going through.
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