Metal on metal Hip Implants link with Cancer is just Fear

Metal on metal Hip Implants link with Cancer is just Fear

April 4, 2012: A study found no traces of links between the metal-on-metal hip replacements and the cancer. During this study, about 41,000 patients were analysed following their surgery for around seven years. However, no evidences claiming that metal-on-metal hip implants raise the risk of cancer were found.

Although the study states that cancer risk is just the fear associated with the implants, the researchers from the universities of Bristol and Exeter are not content and believes that longer-term follow-up was required.

After the reports of high failure rates in implants, the regulators declared for close monitoring of the metal-on-metal hip implants. The major concern that led to close monitoring is the thought that the cobalt and chromium made tiny metal ions break off from the implants finally leaking into the blood, thereby, leading to damage of muscle and bone along with neurological issues.

Metal on metal Hip Implant

The study was based on the data made available from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales, which covered 40,567 patients with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study was also conducted on 248,995 patients who underwent other types of implants.

Though the study could discover no prove of increase in risk of any type of cancer in the patients, the researchers said – “as some cancers have a long latency period it is important that we study the longer-term outcomes and continue to investigate the effects of exposure to orthopaedic metals.”

Apart from the risk of cancer fear associated with the implants, many of the experts wrote in The Lancet last month asking a ban to be imposed on metal-on-metal implants due to high failure rates. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued guidance in February on the entire metal-on-metal implants stating that 49,000 UK patients would require annual blood as well as MRI checks.

In addition to this, MHRA insisted that the implants include small risk which could cause complications in patients. However, the MHRA said that the mixed clinical evidences do not favour removal of metal-on-metal implants from the market.

One Response to Metal on metal Hip Implants link with Cancer is just Fear

  1. Idk says:

    Our faith isn’t about what is “allowed” and what isn’t. We have free will to choose what we do with our bodies. There are a couple of sisters in our hall that have tattoos, which they got before becoming Witnesses, and no one thinks ill of them. In fact, I would classify one of these sisters as incredibly faithful and a fine example to the congregation. Cosmetic plastic surgery, in some instances, maybe suggested for people who have suffered disfiguring accidents, or could even be deemed medically necessary, such as surgery done for a deviated septum. But Botox? Breast enlargement? Wrinkle removal? They speak to a very vain and insecure person who doesn’t understand Jehovah’s thoughts of growing old gracefully and with dignity. At that point, it is only their own conscience and their relationship with Jehovah that comes into play. What they do is between them and Jehovah. Certainly, there are other scriptural principles involved, but it is up to the individual to fully examine and understand those principles before making a final choice. But, in the end, they are ALLOWED to do whatever they choose to do. Amen. And in answer to one post: Dude, seriously if your “cosmetic surgery” requires a blood transfusion, you MIGHT want to consult another doctor. Also, read Leviticus 19:28. This is GOD’S personal thoughts and feelings about tattoos. This is part of the Mosaic Law, and Jesus himself observed the law so the principle must be sound.

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