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Morcellation procedure to remove fibroids can spread undiagnosed cancer.

Health Alert: “Many women have died unnecessarily because dangerous cancers of the uterus and ovaries are being spread using MORCELLATORS. Stop MORCELLATION in minimally invasive gynecological surgery.”

Petitioning President of the United States Barack Obama and 10 Others

This petition will be delivered to:
President of the United States
Barack Obama

President, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Jeanne Conry

Executive VP and CEO, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Hal Lawrence

Karl Storz GmbH & Co
Sybill Storz, Managing Director

Richard Wolf Medical Instrumentation Company
Chief Executive Officer or President

President and CEO, Intuitive Surgical
Gary S. Guthart Ph.D.

Executive Director, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Larry C. Gilstrap III, M.D.

Commissioner, United States Food and Drug Administration
Margaret Hamburg MD

United States Senator from Massachusetts
Elizabeth Warren

Associate FDA Commissioner on Policy and Planning
Peter Lurie

President, American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists
Dr. Ceana Nezhat

Hooman Noorchashm
Philadelphia, PA

Friends of the Public,

Many women have been harmed and have died prematurely or unnecessarily because of a routine but avoidable gynecological practice known as MORCELLATION. This world-wide practice has devastated many families for well over two decades now.

More than 600,000 hysterectomies are done in the US every year. By the age of 70, one out of every three American women will have had a hysterectomy. About 90% of these surgeries are done for what is presumed to be a benign condition called fibroids. More and more of these surgeries are done with minimally invasive techniques. Usually, to get the uterus out of the body using the “minimally invasive” technique, it is cut into small pieces with a machine called a morcellator. However, a devastating problem happens if in fact the woman did NOT have fibroids – but if she actually had cancer. Unfortunately, the tests that are done before a hysterectomy do not identify these cancers well. Many gynecologists don’t even bother getting any tests. In fact, morcellating cancer spreads the cancer inside the woman’s body.

This is called ‘up staging’ the cancer.

It is important to understand:

1) The average life span following accidental morcellation of sarcoma is only 24-36 months.

2) Only 15% of woman who have leiomyosarcoma (LMS) that has spread (stage 4) will be alive after 5 years.

3) Women with sarcoma who are morcellated are about 4 times more likely to die from sarcoma than if they had not been morcellated.

This is an avoidable disaster.

This problem has been recognized for more than two decades. A review of the literature, by the Food and Drug Administration, revealed that 1 in 350 women who go for fibroid surgery actually have sarcoma. This means that everyday 2-5 women in the US – and more around the world are susceptible to having a deadly cancer spread because of morcellation.

This catastrophic problem has happened in my family and we are fighting to stop this dangerous activity called morcellation. A chance of 1 in 350 for such a devastating outcome is much too high to accept. Women should be told the truth and the practice should stop.

Please help us bring an end to spreading cancer with morcellation. This is a totally AVOIDABLE practice. People need to understand their options, which include hysterectomy through a mini-lapartomy incision or trans-vaginally – but – up until recently, most women never heard anything about morcellation or about the possibility of cancer upstaging. And, if they do, this risk is down-playe by most minimaly invasive gynecologists. We can tell you based on our experience, when cancers are spread by morcellation, the outcomes can be devastating – because the cancer is upstaged. We need your help.

Please sign our petition so we can get the word out. We want the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology to change this “standard of care” by ending the needless waste of life caused by spreading cancer with morcellation.

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