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BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 14 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:609

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  1. Asha Gopinathan, neuroscientist (
  1. GenSci-e-Tech, India

    Hysterectomy is the commonest surgical procedure performed on women today in the United States. In almost 60% of these women (at least 3.5 million women in the past 20 years, and possibly as many as double that figure, according to Carla Dionne, author of Sex, Lies and the Truth about Uterine Fibroids (2001)) the procedure has been done to treat relatively benign diseases such as uterine fibroids. Only about 3% of fibroids turn cancerous. However, they can cause a range of symptoms, and in about 25% of women these can lead to serious, full blown illness. Although a range of treatment options—conventional and complementary—are available for fibroids, these are never brought to the attention of most women, and certainly not by doctors.

    Contrast this with the fact that in men with an enlarged prostate gland almost 10% of glands do contain cancerous tissue. Yet surgery is not done or even suggested …

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