Nearly 1 In 5 Women Who Have A Hysterectomy May Not Need It

January 9, 2015 4:41 PM

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Hysterectomy is the second most common surgery performed on reproductive-age women in the United States, after the cesarean section. An estimated 1 in 3 women in this country will have had their uterus removed by age 60.

Though the number of hysterectomies has declined in recent years, a new Michigan-based study of nearly 3,400 women suggests there is still plenty of reason to question whether they're being used appropriately for women who have no clear high-risk indications like cancer.

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