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Cancer Link: Breast Implants May Cause Rare Form of Cancer, FDA Says

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By    |   Thursday, 23 Mar 2017 06:12 AM

A rare form of cancer linked to breast implants may have caused at least nine deaths with more than 350 other reported cancer-related cases being examined, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday.

Anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or ALCL, may be linked to both saline and silicone breast implants, the agency said. Breast implants are second only to liposuction was the most popular cosmetic procedure for women, with more than 300,000 performed by doctors in 2015, NBC News noted.

"As of February 1, 2017, the FDA has received a total of 359 medical device reports of BIA-ALCL, including nine deaths," the administration said in its statement. "There are 231 reports that included information on the implant surface.

"Of these, 203 were reported to be textured implants and 28 reported to be smooth implants. Most of the reports contained no information about the surface textures of any previous implants. In addition, 312 of the 359 reports included information on implant fill types. Of these, 186 reported implants filled with silicone gel and 126 reported implants filled with saline," the administration continued.

The FDA is urging women debating whether to get implants to educate themselves about them before agreeing to surgery. Breast implants approved in the U.S. can be filled with either saline or silicone gel and come in different sizes and shapes and have either smooth or textured shells.

CNN reported that roughly 10 million to 11 million women have breast implants worldwide, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Plastic Surgeon Foundation. Less than 10 patients are diagnosed with breast implant-associated ALCL annually.

The FDA said in its statement that it learned of a possible link between breast implants and the anaplastic large cell lymphoma, which is a type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, in 2011. The administration said, though, that it has so few cases of this disease that it was impossible to determine what factors increased the risk.

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