Implanting Cancer?: FDA Warns of Breast Implant Risk
There may be a link between saline-and silicone gel-filled breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare type of cancer.
That’s according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which announced the possible, “small but significant risk” in January after conducting a sweeping review of data on cases of ALCL in women with breast implants. In most of the cases, patients were diagnosed with ALCL after developing symptoms such as pain, lumps, or swelling due to collection of fluid, hardening of breast area around the implant, or masses surrounding the implant.
William Maisel, the chief scientist and deputy director for science in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in an agency press release that more data from health care professionals is needed to determine whether breast implants can indeed result in ALCL. In the meantime, the FDA wants patients to know: there is a potential danger here.
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