Breast implants linked to rare forms of cancer

New report finds additional types of deadly disease in people who have had the surgery

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a public alert warning that rare types of cancer have been linked to breast implant surgeries.

In a report released Thursday, the FDA said it found that certain cancers such as squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and various lymphomas have been reported in the scar tissue that forms around breast implants.

The agency notes that although the occurrence of these cancers in the capsule around breast implants is rare, healthcare providers and people wishing to have the surgery should be aware of the risks and report any cases of cancer found around the breast implant. ‘implant.

The FDA also states that these new lymphomas are something the agency only recently learned from post-marketing review of breast implants and that they are not the same as anaplastic large cell lymphoma associated with breast implants. previously reported breast implants.

A preliminary review of published literature found less than 20 cases of SCC and less than 30 cases of various lymphomas in the scar tissue around the breast implant, the agency noted.

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Of note, people with breast implants do not need to alter their routine medical care or rush to remove their implants in light of this announcement, but they should be aware of some of the reported signs and symptoms. , including swelling, pain, bumps or changes in the skin.

The FDA states that the exact incidence rate and risk factors for these newly reported cancers remain unknown and that “This is an emerging problem and our understanding is evolving.” Health care providers and people with implants were asked to report any cases of SCC, lymphoma, or any other cancers found around the breast implant to the FDA.

Last year, the FDA introduced several regulatory updates for breast implants, including new labeling with a boxed warning and a patient checklist that informs people that implants are not a medical device that will last a lifetime. Doctors are also now required to guide patients through any potential health issues arising from breast implant surgery.


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