Breast Implants Are Being Blamed for 9 Cancer Deaths

This scary side effect has affected hundreds of women.

This scary side effect has affected hundreds of women.

Women with breast implants may be at risk for a rare kind of cancer that occurs in the scar tissue surrounding the implant, according to new warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA's statement follows 359 reports of cancer developing in implant recipients, including nine fatal cases. 

While this particular kind of cancer does occur in the breast, this kind is known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a cancer that involves the body's immune system and is considered different from typical breast cancers.

Textured implants, which have microscopic grooves for breast tissue to grow into, appear to be most problematic: Among the 231 reported cases that noted implant surface, 203 were textured. Implant material doesn't seem to make a major difference in risk: Both silicone gel and saline-filled implants have been implicated in cancer cases. 

A telltale symptom of ALCL in women with breast implants is newfound breast problems like pain, lumps, swelling, or asymmetry that kick in well after recovery from your initial implant surgery. Typically, removing the implant and surrounding tissue can leave you cancer-free, but some women require further treatment, including chemotherapy and radiation. 

That said, if you have breast implants and no problems, don't freak. After all, this type of cancer is still very rare: We're talking 359 cases among the estimated 399,000 who received breast implants for enlargement or reconstruction after breast cancer in 2016, alone, according to American Society of Plastic Surgeons stats.

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Women's Magazine: Breast Implants Are Being Blamed for 9 Cancer Deaths
Breast Implants Are Being Blamed for 9 Cancer Deaths
This scary side effect has affected hundreds of women.
Women's Magazine
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