Do breast implants cause cancer?

By March 17, 2020News
No. It’s one of the most common concerns of women that are looking to have breast augmentation surgery, and as is always the case with health concerns, there is a lot of misinformation out there about the risks of breast augmentation. To be clear: there are things that you need to consider when undergoing a breast augmentation procedure but starting with the right surgeon is the priority. There are many cosmetic surgeons that will simply complete the procedure without much short- or long-term patient support. Ethical surgeons, such as those at Southern Aesthetic, will take the time to discuss your goals and needs first. Their priority is your long-term happiness, and so you do need to know of the risks going into any procedure. It is possible to get a rare form of cancer, called breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). This is not a breast cancer. Rather, it’s a cancer that forms in the fluid and scar tissue that exists around a textured breast implant and does not occur with smooth implants. All women should check their breasts regularly, and women with breast implants should do the same. An annual check-up with your local doctor or plastic surgeon is also a good idea since ALCL can manifest itself as soon as one year after surgery, or as late as 37 years. It can be detected via a swelling or lump of an implanted breast. Confirmation of the diagnosis is made with a fluid sample aspirated from around the implant using ultrasound guidance. You may also have a mammogram check for breast cancer, but that would be unrelated to detecting BIA-ALCL. It’s worth noting that this cancer is extremely rare. Only one in 2,500 to one in 25,000 people with breast implants are diagnosed with the cancer. Detected early, it is very treatable. For more information on detecting symptoms, and the treatment process, click here. However, once again it’s important to understand that the materials used in silicone breast implants are safe and are not linked to the causes of cancers of any type. For more information on BIA-ALCL, or to discuss any health concerns that you might have regarding breast implants, arrange to talk to the friendly and professional team at Southern Aesthetic.

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