Breast Implants Cause Cancer: FDA

Millions of women have dangerous breast implants

| CNN – A deadly cancer linked to breast implants has been found in more women in the U.S., federal health officials said.

At least 457 women in the United States have so far been diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma, the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement Wednesday.

Of those, nine have died as a result of the rare cancer, which affects cells in the immune system and can be found around the breast implant.

Women with breast implants have an increased risk of developing anaplastic large cell lymphoma, the FDA has said, compared to women who don’t have breast implants.

“We hope that this information prompts providers and patients to have important, informed conversations about breast implants,” the federal agency said.

A warning letter to doctors

The FDA also issued a letter warning those in the medical field of the association between breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma.

“We want all healthcare providers to be aware … particularly in patients with new swelling, lumps, or pain around breast implants, to expedite diagnosis of this malignancy,” the letter said.

“We are also asking health care providers to report to the FDA cases of Breast Implant-Associated /Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. (BIA-ALCL) in patients with breast implants.

“This includes reporting individual cases as well as rates you may have experienced during your practice.” Read more.