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Rare Cancer Linked with Breast Implants
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I came across this interesting study that showed a strong correlation between silicone breast implants and a rare form of cancer, and it's something that I think should be brought more into the public eyes so that people who are considering getting breast implants can make an informed and well-thought out decision. The extremely rare cancer, called anaplastic large cell lymphoma, affects cells in the immune system and can be found around the breast implant. It can be found in the skin or lymph nodes and is not a type of breast cancer.

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"All of the information to date suggests that women with breast implants have a very low but increased risk of developing ALCL compared to women who do not have breast implants," the FDA reported.

On Tuesday, the FDA issued an update on its understanding of breast implant-associated ALCL cases.
The agency has received 359 reports of possible breast implant-associated cancer cases as of February 1. But the exact number of cases "remains difficult to determine due to significant limitations in world-wide reporting and lack of global implant sales data," it said.

In 2011, the FDA first raised the possibility of a small but significant risk of developing the cancer after getting breast implants. It asked doctors whether they noticed changes in their patients and for women to check for symptoms such as fluid buildup, hardening or a mass around their implants. Symptoms of the cancer also include swelling and redness around the breast implants.

Since that report six years ago, the scientific community has learned more about the link between breast implants and ALCL.
Most of the cancer cases occurred in people who had textured surfaces on their implants, rather than smooth surfaces. Of the 231 reports to the FDA that contained information about the implant, 203 had textured surfaces.
Most cases of ALCL have been described as a slow-growing and treatable when it's detected early...


LINKS:

https://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Produ...239995.htm
https://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Produ...241086.htm
http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/22/health/bre...eaths-fda/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK44799/
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