More Deaths Seen for Less Invasive Cervical Cancer Surgery

Written by Dr. Joseph Mercola

In an effort to minimize invasive cervical cancer surgeries, some hospitals have been opting to use a laparoscopic procedure as opposed to a traditional hysterectomy with a full cut in the lower abdomen. Unfortunately, the surgical costs for the less invasive surgery are higher in a twofold manner: It costs more money and more lives. As reported by Stat News, experts aren’t sure why the less invasive procedure has resulted in more deaths, but even so, it was enough to convince hospitals to revert back to the more invasive method.

We are living in an era when medical mistakes are now the third leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for nearly 250,000 deaths each year. Medical mistakes can range from getting the wrong medication to having the wrong procedure to acquiring an infection in the hospital and, now, from having a procedure that’s meant to make it easier for a patient to recover.

With so many things that can possibly go wrong when it comes to a medical procedure, it can be hard to know what to do. You may reduce your risk of injury or death, however, by bringing an advocate with you when you’re hospitalized, and by questioning doctors and nurses about any and all procedures you are going to get — including asking about any studies that show that what you’re undergoing is the right thing to do.

Beyond that, it’s also helpful to know that cervical cancer rates in the U.S. are not as high as they are in developing countries, and there are things that you can familiarize yourself with to avoid this type of cancer. For example, you’ve probably heard that human papillomaviruses (HPV) causes cervical cancer, and that the best way to prevent this cancer is to get a vaccine against HPV. But before you get that vaccine, you need to know there are several things those TV ads don’t tell you.

One of those things is that most HPV infections clear on their own. In 90 percent of cases, HPV resolves within two years or less; 70 percent clear within one year. It’s just a small percentage of individuals in whom HPV persists, and then forms lesions that hat sometimes can evolve into cervical cancer if not given proper treatment.

Another thing to understand is that a number of experts have spoken out against the HPV vaccine, as an eight-month investigation found shocking flaws in Gardasil, the 9-valent vaccine made by Merck. In December 2017 a clinical trial participant joined that crowd, and went on the record publicly claiming that an array of symptoms she was suffering, including chronic fatigue syndrome, were caused by the vaccine.

To that end, as of March 2016, nearly 90 million doses of HPV vaccines had been distributed among boys and girls in the U.S., and many have paid an extraordinarily high price, coming down with nervous system disorders and autoimmune diseases. This, despite the fact that public was told that the three HPV vaccines marketed in the U.S. were tested on tens of thousands of individuals around the world, without any compelling evidence of serious side effects having emerged.

Did I mention that this vaccine was “fast-tracked” so that Merck didn’t have to complete the rigorous clinical trials that they normally would have had to? The bottom line is that Pap testing has been the key to reducing cervical cancer numbers in the U.S., and it’s important to remember that, if you do choose to get vaccinated, even the vaccine manufacturer tells you that you still need a Pap test every few years.

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