The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) say that breast implants are more dangerous that we used to think. It appears that they can lead to a rare type of blood cancer. Officials have already registered 350 cases of such blood cancer, and at least 9 people have already lost the battle with the terrible disease.
Breast implants can be dangerous
The FDA announcement followed a prediction made by the World Health Organization, which stated that people who have received breast implants were at risk of developing anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). This type of cancer occurs after the surgery, usually in patients who received implants with textured surfaces.
The main symptoms experienced by the patients are pain and swelling, and they can appear even several years after the surgery. The majority of women who developed this type of cancer have had the implant and the capsule which enclosed it removed. However, there were some who had to undergo chemotherapy and radiation.
Things that all patients with implants should know
The number of ALCL cases is a little bit high. A recent study looked at the life expectancy of patients with ALCL. The life span is 33 per one million patients who have received textured breast implants and have developed ALCL.
However, researchers discovered who is more likely to get the disease. Those women who underwent breast implants for cosmetic reasons or as medical reconstruction are 65 percent more likely to have ALCL than those who did not.
The FDA advises all patients with breast implants to seek proper medical care. Instead of worrying, they should let themselves receive the best medical attention possible. They even put up guidelines and lists that these patients should follow, so that they can receive the best treatment and expand their life expectancy.
There are a few things that patients should know before receiving implants. They should know what risks they expose themselves to, and what the surgery consists of. The healthcare providers that will be performing the surgery should inform the patients, present them all the risks and benefits of both smooth and textured implants, and find the best type which is suitable for the patient.
Breast implant surgery has certain risks, as it does any surgery. However, unpleasant situations can be avoided if the patient is properly informed and takes all the precaution measures beforehand.
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