STUDIES REVEAL A POSSIBLE LINK BETWEEN BREAST IMPLANTS AND LYMPHOMA CANCER
Recent studies have shown a link between textured breast implants and a rare form of lymphoma cancer. Understandably, this is causing concern and worry amongst some of our patients. COSMETIC 1 uses exclusively polyurethane covered implants, also known as the “super furry” Brazilian implants, which are not the ones associated with the research.
A RARE CONDITION
The numbers are small, but there have been women developing a blood cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), after having a breast augmentation with textured silicone implants.
ALCL is a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) which is responsible for around 3% of NHL’s. Usually, this cancer type appears in the skin, lymph nodes, liver and soft tissue. However, ALCL can also on rare occasions appear in the breast. According to the research led by Dr Suzanna Turner of the University of Cambridge in the UK, almost all cases of ALCL development in the breast have occurred in patients who have had breast implants. Furthermore, the study discovered that the tumours are developing in the scar tissue surrounding the implant.
Everything taken into consideration, there have only been 71 cases of ALCL worldwide that researchers say are linked to the patient’s breast implants. Which again shows that this condition is extremely rare, affecting around 1-6 women in every 3 million who undergo breast augmentation.
It should also be noted, that for the majority of these women developing breast implant-related ALCL, most of them responded well to treatment. In most cases, their cancer was successfully treated simply by removing their breast implant and the tissue surrounding it, rather than undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
The analysis of the risk is currently under dispute. Textured breast implants have been safely implemented in women’s breasts around the world for 30 years, and the connection to breast implant-related ALCL has not been established.
SELF-EXAMINE YOUR BREASTS
The polyurethane foam covered implant used by COSMETIC 1 is safer than smooth or textured implants, which have been the type of implants related to these findings.
COSMETIC 1 is one of the most experienced Polyurethane implants specialist in the use of the polyurethane foam covered implant, and has performed more than 800 breast augmentation procedures using these.
We recommend all breast augmentation patients, and women in general, to routinely do a self-examination of their breasts. If you notice any differences, don’t hesitate to see your GP or surgeon.