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Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer

FDA Links Both Saline and Silicone Breast Implants to Lymphoma, but Risk "Very Low"

ALCL Symptoms continued...

Women considering breast implants should discuss all risks with their doctors. Felmont Eaves III, MD, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, notes that the risk of ALCL appears to be real -- but vanishingly rare.

"Most plastic surgeons will go their whole career -- and could go thousands of careers -- without seeing one case," Eaves tells WebMD.

Treatment for ALCL may include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Although the evidence is sparse, there is some suggestion that ALCL linked to breast implants is far less dangerous than ALCL not linked to implants.

"There is some suggestion from the medical literature, and some belief in the scientific community, that ALCL associated with breast implants is a less aggressive disease," Maisel says. "There is some thinking that just removing the implants, the fluid around the implants, and the capsule [of scar tissue that forms around the implant] may be sufficient."



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