Breast Implants Linked to Rare, Treatable Cancer
Slight increase seen in women with implants of all kinds
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2011 4:31 PM CST
In this Dec. 11, 2006 file photo, a silicone gel breast implant is shown at Mentor Corp., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, in Irving, Texas.   (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam, file)

(Newser) – Breast implants have been linked to an extremely rare but treatable cancer, the New York Times reports. It's called anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, and in these cases, it usually forms in the scar tissue around the implant. The link was seen in saline and silicone implants, and in both reconstructive implants for breast cancer sufferers and in cosmetic surgeries. The good news: Only about 60 cases have been reported worldwide—out of 5 million to 10 million women with implants.

Given the rarity of the condition, the FDA said implants are still safe, though women considering them should factor it into their decision. One manufacturer of implants said "a woman is more likely to be struck by lightning than get this condition.” Most women diagnosed reported symptoms—including lumps, fluid buildup, pain, and swelling—long after they had healed from surgery. (Click for other health risks associated with implants.)

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Jan 28, 2011 10:55 AM CST
This is such a minuscule risk it's almost not worth reporting about. 60 cases out of 5-10,000,000?
Jan 28, 2011 3:58 AM CST
Jan 28, 2011 1:53 AM CST
so what happens if lightning strikes a cancerous boobie implant? sorry, boobies are cool to let your mind wander about... mmmm boobies. bouncy perky squishy soft mouth magnets irresistible love mountains to conquer and celebrate 'round the peaks! oh glorious face pillows of nummy mommy pudding, come to daddy bububububbbbubuubbububbububububububububub