via New Scientist:
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A health scare linking a common surgical device with the spread of cancer has sparked furious debate over safety standards
Gynaecologists have used power morcellators on hundreds of thousands of women for years. These devices are used to grind up tissue internally and suck it out through tiny incisions during keyhole surgery. Morcellators make it possible for a woman with a uterus the size of a basketball to have minimal scarring after its removal.
These are mechanical devices not drugs. What could go wrong? Quite a bit apparently. Many candidates for hysterectomies have uterine growths called fibroids, and there are now suspicions that in as many as 1 case in 350 these growths are cancerous. And when you grind up a cancerous tumour inside the abdominal cavity, you risk seeding the disease elsewhere. That’s what happened last year to 40-year-old Amy Reed, at the time an anaesthetist at a Harvard-affiliated hospital.