Breast Implant Side Effects — FDA Announces Cancer Link
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), breast implants might increase a woman’s risk of cancer. The agency says both saline and silicone gel-filled breast implants might be linked to anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare and aggressive cancer of the immune system.
Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL)
Anaplastic large cell lymphoma is a cancer of the immune system, not cancer of breast tissue. Patients with ALCL will usually experience symptoms of aggressive lymphomas, which include:
- Weight loss
- Heavy sweating at nighttime
- Unexplained fevers
Patients may also notice enlargement of the lymph glands in the neck and/or armpit. ALCL is a very rare form of cancer. According to reports, 1 in 5,000 women are diagnosed with ALCL each year and 3 in 100 million women are diagnosed with ALCL in the breast.
FDA Breast Implant Cancer Risk
The FDA announced a possible link between breast implants and ALCL. The agency says the risk level is low, but possibly higher than women without implants. The agency said there are approximately 60 confirmed cases of ALCL in women with breast implants worldwide.
Along with the warning, the FDA has asked that all healthcare providers report cases of ALCL found in women with breast implants. The agency says it plans to work with manufacturing companies that make breast implants to add a warning about the increased risk of ALCL to the packaging materials of the products.
The FDA says it plans to look deeper into the connection. It also says women with breast implants do not need to modify their routine medical care, but should monitor their implants. If you have breast implants and notice anything unusual during a self breast exam, consult your doctor as soon as possible.
Have You Been Diagnosed with ALCL?
If you are among the millions of women who have been implanted with saline and silicone gel-filled breast implants, and are diagnosed with ALCL, you should consult a medical device attorney at the law offices of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis and Overholtz to find out if you qualify for a financial recovery.
You might be eligible for compensation for your present and future medical bills as well as your pain and suffering. Call (844) 794-7402 for more information.