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Number of Hysterectomies Lower Than Predicted

The Center for Disease Control announced on Thursday, August 7 that the rate of hysterectomies performed in the United States remained constant between 1988 and 1993. Experts had expected an increase in the rate since the number of women over 40 grew during those years. The lower-than-expected rate may be due to an increased number of alternatives to the surgery, and to more women getting second opinions on health care matters. Health care professionals say that the procedure is often performed unnecessarily.

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The Nando Net - August 8, 1997

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