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Women With Breast Implants Warned About Rare Lymphoma

Women With Breast Implants Warned About Rare LymphomaThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported an increase in certain non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cases among women with breast implants.

The type of lymphoma is called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). Lymphoma is cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the body’s immune system. BIA-ALCL is not breast cancer.

BIA-ALCL is rare. Based on medical device reports, the FDA counted 414 total cases of BIA-ALCL as of September 30, 2017. Nine patients had died from the illness.

However, it is difficult to know exactly how many cases exist, as BIA-ALCL information is not widely reported around the world. However, it seems to be more common in women with textured implants.

Breast implants come in several different shapes, sizes, and types. Smooth implants are usually softer but can shift their position. Textured implants are more likely to stay in place because of scar tissue that forms around the implants. Either type of implant may need to be replaced eventually.

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