Merit has a long history of commitment to women’s health issues, specifically in the areas of breast cancer, osteoporosis, and uterine fibroids.
Breast Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide.1 Merit Medical continues to invest in technologies and resources to improve diagnosis as well as early-stage, breast conservation treatment.
Approximately one in two women and up to one in four men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis,6 with fractures most often occurring in the spine.7 Merit Medical is committed to the treatment of vertebral compression fractures (VCF) through minimally invasive vertebral augmentation and vertebroplasty.
Uterine Fibroid Treatment
Up to 80% of women develop uterine fibroids by the time they reach age 50.2 Merit is deeply committed to uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), a non-surgical treatment option that allows a woman to keep her uterus, with the most clinically studied and proven round embolic particle and supporting tools, as well as resources for physicians and patients.
- World Health Organization. (n.d.). Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/cancer/events/breast_cancer_month/en/
- S. Department of Health & Human Services. (2018, Mar 16). Uterine fibroids. Retrieved from https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/uterine-fibroids
- Laurent, A., Beaujeux, R., Wassef, M., et al. (1996). Trisacryl gelatin microspheres for therapeutic embolization, I: Development and in vitro evaluation. ANJR Am J Neuroradiol, Mar;17(3):533-540.
- Pelage, J. P., Laurent, A., Wassef, M., et al. (2002). Uterine artery embolization in sheep: Comparison of acute effects with polyvinyl alcohol particles and calibrated microspheres. Radiology, Aug;224(2):436-445.
- Verret, V., Ghegediban, S. H., Wassef, M., et al. (2011). The arterial distribution of Embozene and Embosphere microspheres in sheep kidney and uterus embolization models. J Vasc Interv Radiol, Feb;22(2):220-228.
- National Osteoporosis Foundation. (n.d.). What is osteoporosis and what causes it? Retrieved from https://www.nof.org/patients/what-is-osteoporosis/
- (2016, Jan). Osteoporosis and spinal fractures. Retrieved from https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases–conditions/osteoporosis-and-spinal-fractures/