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Can breast implants cause tumors?

29th Oct 2018

Today, breast augmentation surgery is the second most requested plastic procedure after liposuction. Lately, some concerns involving breast implants and tumors have arisen lately. It is time to shed some light regarding this issue and set a starting point for some misconceptions that need to be rectified.

One of the most popular rumors lately is that breast implants can lead to ALCL, which is a rare form of cancer of the lymph nodes in the breast area. It was reported that lymphomas were detected in the scarring, not inside the breast itself. Around 2011 as suspicions grew around this connection, the FDA required a special investigation and found no factors that can lead to this type of lymphoma from a specific breast implant. As breast implants can be either saline or silicone filled, there is no report sustaining that a specific type of substance found in implant composition can lead to a tumor of any kind.

After this lack of solid evidence, the FDA turned their eyes to the composition of the shell. From all reported cases, most of them pointed out textured implants, and very few cases were reported on smooth implants. Even so, after advanced research, they couldn’t find any solid connection between a certain substance used by manufacturers that can lead to this type of nodule. The final report was deemed inconclusive and until today, the FDA has not managed to find a specific pattern that can lead to ALCL.

In order for you to be relieved and have a total peace of mind as a patient, try to stick with some things that you should consider as high-priority.

Regular check-ups

See your doctor as often as you can after getting your breast implants. Require regular mammography and see exactly how your body is reacting to your new implants. If you spot any small differences in time, report them as soon as you can to your surgeon. While having a mammography, ask for your doctor to analyze your breast area using the so-called Eklund view. It basically pushes the implants towards the chest wall, and it will create a better view for the mammography technician.

Educate yourself

While having a breast augmentation using implants, try to get as many questions as you can and do some research. Speak with your surgeon about any type of uncertainty you may have. Find out which manufacturers are FDA-approved in the US and use only regulated implants.

Medical history

Your medical history is very important. If you had some breast conditions in the past or you have some close relatives that might have some of them, do not hesitate to speak about it with your surgeon. Bear that in mind that a doctor who will know more about your history involving medical-related issues can lead you to a safer procedure. Read about the procedure but only from researchers that have a medical background and do not use any rumor as a certainty. Not everything that you read has the required background and use only medical advice.


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