Breast Implants and Breast Cancer: Is There Any Connection?

Cosmetic surgery, especially the use of breast implants to alter the shape, size and contour of a person’s breasts, is arguably the most on-demand procedure today. In Thailand, pretty much like the world over, women, eager to look beautiful with cute, fuller breasts, are going for it.
Yet, in the wake of all these procedures, questions on whether the implants could be linked to breast cancer still linger. It is a hot topic, at least in the medical world where the fight against cancer is getting intense by the day.
Just to be clear, however, breast implants DO NOT cause breast cancer and neither do they heighten a person’s chances of getting diagnosed with it. It is a well-known fact, supported by all the leading cancer medics online, including WebMD and Mayo Clinic.
But just recently, the FDA, a powerful American food and drugs administration watchdog, recalled a specific type of breast implants. The implants had been found to increase the risk of BIA-ALCL, a rare type of cancer.
According to the FDA, the overall incidence of BIA-ALCL as a result of implants is relatively low. But this has consequently forced Allergan to issue a universal recall of their Biocell array of products, including all the ones bearing the Natrelle name. Of course, the decision is alarming, especially in the world of cosmetic surgery and amongst plastic surgery hopefuls.
What is BIA-ALCL breast cancer and what’s its relationship with breast implants?
All the questions aside, BIA-ALCL is a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a rare breast cancer originating from the lymphatic system (lymph nodes). It is so rare that the lifetime risk of getting diagnosed with it is between one in 1,000 people to one in 30,000.
Researchers have not yet determined the type of implant associated with this form of cancer, even as textured silicone and polyurethane-based ones seemingly have a higher risk. In fact, it has not been deduced whether it is saline- or silicone-filled implants that have a higher predisposition to BIA-ALCL cancer.
The FDA chose to recall the products as a precautionary measure. But this shouldn’t raise an alarm since further research is yet need to be done on this and proper findings issued.
All that aside, however, implants, including breast implants in Thailand are absolutely safe. Side-effects like temporary swelling, pain and bruising shouldn’t be an issue. After undergoing the surgery, be sure to maintain regular clinical checkups with your surgeon.
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