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Health-Alert: Breast Implants Linked To An Increased Risk Of Rare Cancer – JAMA Oncology

According to a new study published last Thursday in the journal JAMA Oncology, women with breast implants have an increased risk of developing rare lymphoma.

But the overall chance of developing large cell anaplastic lymphoma (ALCL), a cancer of the immune system cells, as a result of breast augmentation is relatively low.

 

The increased risk seems alarming at first glance. The researchers found that those with implants are 421 times more likely to develop this specific cancer than those who do not, but the number of women who contract the disease is still low.

About one in 35,000 women who have breast augmentation will develop LAGC (anaplastic, large cell lymphoma, ed) before the age of 50. A very small number, considering that only about 4% of women in the United States go under the knife for this procedure.
”  Women should not panic,” said lead author Daphne de Jong at Newsweek, ”  but they should be aware of this fact . 

In addition, the study was conducted in the Netherlands, where 45% of implants are textured, according to the authors, and 82% of women with this type of lymphoma had textured implants. In the United States, a smoother and different type of implant is usually used.

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