Women’s Health News
Hysterectomies Not Well Understood by US Women
Although there are more hysterectomies in the United States than in any other industrialized nation in the world, many American women do not have a clear understanding of the procedure and how it will affect their bodies, according to a new study. More than 1 in 10 mistakenly thought women could get pregnant without a uterus, researchers found. http://1.usa.gov/qEadQs [MedlinePlus]
Poor women get more unneeded breast cancer surgery
Old, poor and Hispanic women are all more likely to have lymph nodes under the armpit removed unnecessarily during breast cancer surgery, a new study finds.
That’s despite 2005 guidelines recommending a gentler surgery that spares most of the lymph nodes, avoiding side effects like pain, swelling and numbness down the line. http://1.usa.gov/oapGBw [MedlinePlus]