Breast Implants and ALCL- The Association is Rare

Most recently in the news you may have heard about concerns involving an association with breast implants and a form of rare blood cancer. The safety of my patient's is always my first priority and with the recent news headlines I want to provide you with accurate information.

Breast implants, to the highest degree, are the most studied medical device in the history of medicine. The FDA along with plastic surgery societies such as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons are committed to providing and maintaining the safety and satisfaction of the patient.

Facts:

Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) is an extremely rare form of blood cancer - 1 out of every 500,000 women in the US are diagnosed and according to the National Cancer Institute, ALCL in the breast tissue is found in 3 out of every 100 million women nationwide without breast implants. Nearly, 10 million women have breast implants and 34 unique cases world wide of ALCL in women with breast implants have been placed.

Breast implants are still FDA approved and the FDA along with plastic surgery governing societies feel breast implants remain safe and effective for women who are in good physical and mental health. Women with breast implants don't need to change their medical care and should continue to follow normal routine - self exam and mammography when appropriate. If changes to your breasts are detected contact your plastic surgeon.

The FDA, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, along with health care professionals and manufactures will continue to monitor breast implants to ensure the patient remains educated and safe.

For more information regarding FDA reports please visit: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm241090.htm

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office and I would be happy to speak with you regarding your concerns.

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