Rare Cancer Seen To Be Caused by Breast Implants

A rare type of cancer has gotten the attention of experts in part because it represents the first time they agree that breast implants can cause cancer in certain women. As the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, it’s a very rare type of cancer: breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma. The FDA says that there were about 359 cases worldwide as of March.  

“The lymphoma has been tied both to saline and gel implants, both for enlargement and for reconstruction after breast cancer,” the Inquirer reports. “Nearly all patients … had textured rather than smooth implants. The roughness may trigger chronic inflammation.”

The newspaper also reports that, some “experts believe that consensus validates the controversial theory that implants can trigger debilitating autoimmune illnesses such as lupus, scleroderma, and fibromyalgia — as legions of women have contended since the 1990s.”

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer