Breast implants linked to increased risk of rare lymphoma cancer, FDA warns

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by Michael Heygood

The Food and Drug Administration warns that a rare type of cancer associated with women who have received breast implants has now been linked to at least nine deaths. The FDA first warned about the link between breast implants and anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, a rare cancer affecting the immune system, in 2011.

According to data released by the FDA, the agency has received reports of at least 359 cases of anaplastic large-cell lymphoma among women who received breast implants. In these cases, cancerous cells may develop in the scar tissue that forms around the area of the breast implant.

Anaplastic large-cell lymphoma is usually treatable and is not often fatal. In most cases, women who are diagnosed with the disease can be successfully treated by removing the implant and the tissue around it. However, in some cases, women who are diagnosed with anaplastic large-cell lymphoma may need chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

The FDA says that women who undergo breast implant surgery with textured implants – which have a rough, pebbly surface – are more likely to develop anaplastic large-cell lymphoma than women who undergo surgery with smooth implants. Out of 231 cases of anaplastic large-cell lymphoma reported among women who underwent breast implant surgery where information is available, 203 implant were textured, while 28 were smooth.

The FDA reports that the contents of the implants were less important to determining the risk of anaplastic large-cell lymphoma than the surface. Out of 312 cases with adequate information, about 60% were saline implants and 40% were silicon.

Although the FDA has received hundreds of reports of women who were diagnosed with anaplastic large-cell lymphoma after undergoing breast implant surgery, the agency was uncertain about the total number of lymphoma cases linked to the implants due to a shortage in worldwide data. About 290,000 women underwent breast implant surgery in 2016 alone.

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