Placing an implant is part of the breast augmentation procedure. Though the intervention has helped a lot of women to improve the appearance of their breasts, some of them are still uncertain if this surgery is really safe. Having breast implants is linked to cancer. There have been many studies and many concerns about breast implants causing ductal carcinoma of the breast, the most common form of breast cancer.
However, the silicone in breast implants is sterile and medical grade. Studies have shown that this substance does not cause any harm to the body, including ductal carcinoma. About 80% of all breast cancers are invasive ductal carcinomas.
However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently identified a possible association between breast implants and the development of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a very rare cancer of the immune system. It is believed that women with breast implants may have a very low but increased risk of developing ALCL. There is still an ongoing research to fully understand the relationship between ALCL and breast implants.
ALCL is a cancer of the lymphatic system and can develop in various parts of the body. Rarely, it may develop in the breast. According to the National Cancer Institute, ALCL is diagnosed in about 1 out of 500,000 women a year in the United States and ALCL in the breast is diagnosed in only 3 in 100 million women a year in the United States. If you have breast implants, these new findings aren’t a call to change your treatment plan or to have your breast implants removed, but you will need to follow up with your surgeon in the event that you develop unusual symptoms after breast augmentation. It is important to have further knowledge regarding the procedure to avoid creating false beliefs.