Breast implants are gel or fluid-filled bags introduced in the breast region. People may get breast implants for several reasons, including cosmetic improvement or reconstruction after breast surgical treatment. Breast implants are not lifetime devices and must to be replaced after 10 to 15 years.
What is breast implant associated cancer?
Breast implant associated cancer, is also well-known as breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), is a rare cancer of the immune system. It is not breast cancer, which forms from cells in the breast, but instead a cancer that develops in the fluid and scar tissue that forms around a breast implant. Less commonly, BIA-ALCL can take the shape of a lump in the breast or a swelling in the armpit.
BIA-ALCL has been known to happen as soon as one year after the operation and as late as 37 years after the operation. The average time to diagnosis of breast implant cancer is within 8 years of the operation.
- Excessive fluid accumulation around the breast implant, which can produce pain, swelling, or lumps in the breast or armpit.
- Memory Loss
- Brain fog
- Joint pain
How is breast implant associated cancer diagnosed?
- Ultrasound Scan
- MRI scan or CT scan
- PET scan
Breast Implants are related with major women’s health, cosmetic, and commercial risks within the first few years and these risks rise over time. Unfortunately, long-term risks stay unknown because of a lack of well-designed and carefully conducted scientific studies. By continually educating ourselves and patients, hopefully more women feel comfortable about their options regarding breast implant surgery.