Risk of Lymphoma in Breast Implant Patients

There has been conflicting reports over the years about the relation between breast implants and lymphoma. The Journal of the American Medical Association had recently published a report citing that a risk had been identified based on study results gathered in the Netherlands. The study has demonstrated that the risk is low, but does exist. The study specifically pointed to the association between silicone breast implants and ALCL, a rare form of lymphoma. The lymphoma was located in the capsule that surrounds the breast implant in two breast implant recipients located in the Netherlands.

The methodology behind the study was to review all records in the population of women from 1990 to 2006. A total of eleven women with ALCL were identified and of all cases two had silicone breast implants. There have been numerous other studies linking silicone breast implants to cancer and auto-immune diseases. For this reason, women with breast implants are advised to seek out testing through MRI’s and mammography equipment specifically designed for women with breast implants are regular intervals.

By the same token, newer breast implants such as silicone gel breast implants that were approved by the FDA in 2006 have been identified by many plastic surgeons as much more cohesive and thus reducing the risk of diseases that may be related to breast implants. During an initial consultation for women interested in breast implants, plastic surgeons will review the benefits and the risks involved in breast augmentation. They will review all choices for breast implants listing the pros and cons to be certain you may make an informed decision. Over one quarter of a million women each year in recent years have found that the benefits of breast augmentation outweighed the risks and proceeded with breast augmentation.

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