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Risk Factors for Uterine Cancer


Uterine cancer is the fourth most prevalent type of cancer in women. It affects the lining of the uterus, the hollow reproductive organ in the pelvis. Diagnosis usually is done through biopsy, ultrasound, or a pelvic examination, and if you click here, you can find more information on how to determine the stages of cancer. Women who experience symptoms such as pelvic pains, pain during sex or urination, or abnormal vaginal discharge or bleeding should immediately get checked for uterine cancer. There is yet no known specific cause of uterine cancer, but there are factors that can increase the risk in women. Some of these risks include:

  • Obesity
  • Menopause after 55 years old
  • Women who never experienced childbirth
  • Women who suffer from hyperplasia (or endometrial overgrowth)
  • Radiation on the pelvis
  • Experiencing menstruation before the age of 12
  • Women taking estrogen or tamoxifen (a treatment for breast cancer)
  • Lynch syndrome, or any family history of uterine cancer

There are a number of ways that uterine cancer can be treated, such as radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and surgery. The type of treatment generally depends on the stage that the cancer is in. it is important for patients to get a second and even third opinion regarding the uterine cancer diagnosis, and referrals can be provided by the attending doctor. Likewise, the follow-up care is just as important, since recurrence can occur and so that complications can be treated early.

It is important to treat uterine cancer to prevent it from worsening. One of the complications that can occur during the surgical removal or a tumor in the uterus or areas around it is the possible spread of the cancer cells. Surgical tools such as the power morcellator have been recalled by the FDA following increasing reports of the device increasing the spreading of undetected cancer cells to other parts of the body. The largest manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, was believed to have known of the risks that the surgical tool can cause since 2006, but only did a voluntary pull-out of the device in 2014. There is currently an ongoing FBI investigation on the extent of the manufacturing company’s knowledge of the risk and how long they were aware of them.

Roller Coaster Defects: Who is at Fault?


The cart you are strapped to slows down the closer you get to the peak of the tracks. Your stomach is filled with anxious butterflies, but you are kept sane by the idea that one, this is supposed to be fun, and two, you are safe. Although most of the time these are both true, sometimes you are not safe where you are guaranteed you will be.

According to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio, there were more than 92,000 children injured in roller coaster and amusement park related incidents between 1990 and 2010. Who is to blame for this? Well, that is where things get complicated. There are a couple of different types of defects that cause roller coaster accidents.

Design defects occur when there is fault in the design of the product itself. This type of defect is the fault of the designer. These kinds of defects are usually widespread, due to the fact that everything made with a faulty design runs a high risk of backfiring.

Manufacturing defects happen when the parts of the product or the way the product is manufactured are the reason the product is faulty. This usually occurs when the product is not tested properly before going on the market.

In the case of roller coasters, it may not be easy to figure out who exactly was at fault, due to the fact that many designs are manufactured on a small scale.

According to the website of Pohl Berk, more than 21,000 deaths occur in the United States every year due to product defects. Although you should not go through life paranoid that everything is out to get you, do not trust a product just because it is presented to you. People die every year believing that if a roller coaster is allowed to run, it will not cause them any harm.

Essure Joins Defective Birth Control Product Circle


Contraception is proving to be the Achilles heel for some drug and medical device makers. There’s a new kid on the litigation block, specifically that dealing with all things birth control.

Bayer HealthCare has been summoned before a civil court judge to answer allegations of known but undisclosed complications arising from the implantation of a device designed to permanently prevent pregnancies called Essure. The claims alternate between inadequate training of physicians certified to implant the device and concealment of negative reports regarding the device from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Bayer had obtained premarket approval in 2002 from the FDA for the device, and normally this would shield them from litigation. However, Bayer had allegedly broken the terms of the FDA approval, making the vulnerable to lawsuits.

According to Bayer, the device is safe and effective, and more than 700,000 has been sold worldwide. The first Essure product liability lawsuit was filed by Heather Walsh in Philadelphia, but it is only a matter of time before pharmaceutical defect lawyers in other cities and states will be consulted regarding the product.

In fact, women from all over have been voicing complaints about the product a full year before the first lawsuit was filed, and it would be distinct possibility that a personal injury lawyer will be gathering the medical records necessary for filing a defective medical device lawsuit. Walsh claims the device caused complications that led to several operations, a hysterectomy, and other medical conditions, and that Bayer deliberately misled patients about the device.

Celebrity consumer watchdog Erin Brockovich has been actively lobbying against Essure, and questions why the FDA granted premarket approval for the device when the studies did not warrant it. The FDA had no comment on the issue but conducted a review of the device.

Women implanted with the device complained of chronic pain, excessive bleeding, rashes, and bloating. Some experienced ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages, attributing it to the device.

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