(WXYZ) – The Food and Drug Administration has received more than 350 reports linking a very rare type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma to breast implants. And 9 people have died.
The cancer is called anaplastic large cell lymphoma or ALCL. It’s found around the implant, in lymph nodes or in the skin. It can take about 10 years for the cancer to develop after the implant is inserted.
Whether you have breast implants filled with either silicone and saline doesn’t seem to matter. But the shell’s texture does. They can either be smooth or textured. The FDA has 203 reports of textured implants compared with 28 reports of smooth implants linked to ALCL.
Look for redness and swelling around breast implants. Other symptoms of ALCL can include fever, backache, loss of appetite, and tiredness. Report any signs of a mass, fluid buildup, or hardening to your doctor. Breast augmentation is the second most popular cosmetic procedure among women. It’s important to know your long-term risks. Here are my prescriptions:
- Perform self-examinations and look for any changes. Report any unusual signs or symptoms to your doctor.
- Get routine mammograms. Ask for a technologist specifically trained in performing them on patients with breast implants.
- If you have silicone gel implants, get MRI scans 3 years after surgery and every 2 years after that. This can identify silent ruptures and leaks.
- If you’re considering breast implants, be sure to discuss the risks and benefits between smooth and textured breast implants with your surgeon.
Most patients have the implant removed. Some need to have chemotherapy and radiation. About 10-11 million women around the world have breast implants and less than 10 patients are diagnosed a year with ALCL. Although it’s very rare, you should be aware of the risks and take steps to protect your health.
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