FDA – A News report published on healthline.com states that certain breast implants could slightly increase the risk of a rare type of lymphoma. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration first discovered a potential link between breast implants and cancer back in 2011. However, it’s not breast cancer, but an immune system cancer known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma or ALCL. ALCL is a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma which affects about 0.25 people per 100,000.
Breast implant associated ALCL also known as (BIA-ALCL) can develop in fluid and scar tissue around the implant. Like any traditional form of cancer, breast implant associated a LCL can spread if not treated and eventually lead to death.
According to the news article a 2018 study discovered a link between an increased risk of BIA-ALCL and breast implants. The study’s authors noted that the risk was small and they presented the statistics rates below:
- 1 in 35,000 at age 50
- 1 in 12,000 at age 70
- 1 in 7,000 at age 75
In 2019, the US FDA warrens healthcare providers about a causal link between BIA-ALCL and breast implants regardless of the implant’s texture or filling.
As a result, Allergan issued a voluntary recall of its Biocell silicone and saline filled textured breast implants and tissue expanders back in July 2019.
What are the symptoms of an ALCL?
According to the news report the symptoms of systemic ALCL can include:
- Weight loss
- Fever and night sweats
- Swollen lymph nodes
Cutaneous ALCL primarily affects the skin. The symptoms may include skin sores that don’t heal.
Other symptoms and signs Of BIA-ALCL might include:
- Asymmetrical breast tissue
- Persistent swelling of the breast area
- Tenderness or pain near the implant
- A mass or lump near the implant
The news report states that the symptoms of BIA-ALCL can begin any time after breast implant surgery. However, some of their symptoms can take years to develop.
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