One of the most popular cosmetic procedures these days is breast implant surgeries. Breast augmentation is the second most popular cosmetic procedure among women, after liposuction. More than 300,000 procedures were performed in 2015.
The procedure is generally safe but the Food and Drug Administration announced late last month (March 2017) that these implants can cause a rare form of cancer that may have killed at least nine people.
The cancer is called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) and the FDA is checking into more than 350 reports linking it with both silicone and saline breast implants.
Considering the frequency of the procedure, the chance of getting this cancer is very rare even with 300 cases over 10 years or longer. What’s more, the FDA says, like many other cancers, it can be treated if caught early enough.
“Most cases of breast implant-associated ALCL are treated by removal of the implant and the capsule surrounding the implant and some cases have been treated by chemotherapy and radiation,” the FDA statement said.
The FDA added, “There are 231 reports that included information on the implant surface. Of these, 203 were reported to be textured implants and 28 reported to be smooth implants.”
The best advice – as always – is to discuss the options with your doctor and follow the doctor’s instructions on how to monitor your breast implants. If you notice any changes, contact your health care provider promptly to schedule an appointment. The FDA further advised, “Get routine mammography screening and ask for a technologist specifically trained in performing mammograms on patients with breast implants.”
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Plastic Surgery Foundation are making a list of implant patients who develop ALCL. “The research will also focus on identifying potential risk factors and criteria detection and management of this disease,” the groups say on a website devoted to the matter.
In 2011, the FDA reported that one in five women who had silicone breast implants for cosmetic purposes — and half of those who got implants after a mastectomy — needed surgery to remove the implants within a decade.
Over the years there have been numerous lawsuits against manufacturers of breast implants and the doctors who perform implant surgery. If you have had serious side effects from breast implant surgery and you suspect an inferior product or negligence on the part of your doctor or medical provider, contact Theodoros & Rooth. We have a long-standing practice of representing injured patients against medical malpractice and cases of product liability that has caused serious injury or even death.
We will discuss your potential case with you and listen carefully to the details of your situation. If we believe you have a case, Theodoros & Rooth will aggressively fight for the justice and compensation you deserve. There is never a charge until a case is successfully litigated, whether through settlement or a jury award.