Hip Replacement Ups Cancer Risk

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 07, 2012

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Hip replacementA new study has revealed that patients, who undergo surgeries for hip replacement, are at an increased risk of cancer as well as genetic damage. The result of the research has developed a significant amount of fear among people about the surgical procedure of replacing the hip joint with a prosthetic implant.

The research was carried out to find the effects of metal-on-metal devices and suggested that such an implant could raise the risk of genetic damage and cancer in those undergoing such surgeries. The British scientists at the Bristol University raised a green flag at the result of the research by detecting the growth of abnormal cell changes in the bladders of more than one in five participants, who went through the metal-on-metal hip replacements.

Scientists said that problem occurred with the implants when friction between the cup and metal ball causes little metal fillings to fall off and seep into the blood, thereby giving rise to inflammation and destruction of bone and muscle. The scientists also put forth a concern about the metal traces in blood being responsible for the damage of major organs and development of cancer in the bladder, kidney etc. The in-depth research on about 72 people found that there was a genetic damage to the bladders of 17 people including three patients, who developed a full-fledged cancer.

The scientists added that the number of patients, who suffered DNA damage, was significant because such changes cause mutations that lead to cancer.



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