In March of 2017, the FDA issued a new Safety Alert linking nine deaths from a rare form of cancer to breast implants. The alert further indicates that textured implants tend to be cited more often as problematic than smooth implants.
INCREASED CANCER RISK
Just what is this cancer associated with breast implants? It’s Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL), a rare cancer of the immune system. ALCL is not a form of breast cancer, but breast implant patients have a small but increased risk of developing the disease. ALCL most often develops in the scar capsule next to the breast implant.
SYMPTOMS OF ALCL
- Persistent swelling or pain in the vicinity of the breast implant (often occurring well after the surgical incision has healed)
- Lumps in the area of the implant
- Asymmetry of the breasts
If any of these conditions occur, see your health care provider.
LIVING WITH IMPLANTS
The FDA recommends that you educate yourself about breast implants. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctors before implant surgery.
If you have implants currently, you should continue your routine medical care and follow-up schedule. Monitor yourself for any changes in or around your implants. If you notice pain or swelling, contact your doctor.
HAVE YOU BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH ANAPLASTIC LARGE CELL LYMPHOMA?
If you have been diagnosed with ALCL and have breast implants, we want to hear from you. The attorneys at Davis & Crump are now investigating claims against breast implant manufacturers. Fill out the Free Claim Evaluation Form or call us at 1.800.277.0300 for more information.