Monday, September 24, 2012

Breast Implants may Hide Cancer and are Associated with Rare Lymphoma

Approximately 25,000 women in the UK go for breast implants in a year. A study was conducted on  40,000 women with implants, of whom 409 got diagnosed for late stage breast cancer.
Researchers in Canada say women with boob jobs are three times more likely to be diagnosed with advanced cancer. Their chances of dying from it go up by 30%.
As silicon implants are radio-opaque, so cancerous tissue may remain hidden from getting imaged in mammograms. So, those grow to advanced stage to get detected.

Breast implant: Mammographs: Normal breast (le...
Breast implant: Mammographs: Normal breast (left) and cancerous breast (right). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Therefore, taking X-rays from different angles can address this.

A study, published online by the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, also brings to light that there is an association between anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) and breast implant.
Concerns about an association between ALCL and breast implants were first raised in 1996 when doctors published a report describing a woman with implants who had developed the cancer in tissue located next to one of her implants.
Since that time, similar reports have been published, estimating that about one to three cases would be diagnosed annually per 1 million women with implants.
It is reassuring that ALCL takes a slow course and can be controlled by surgical removal of the implant and surrounding capsule.
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