Very few US women know about cancer that grows near breast implants: Research

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Thursday, July 30, 2020 (HealthDay News)

A new study shows that there is a low level of awareness among American women of a type of lymphoma that may occur around breast implants.

Anaplastic lymphoma involving breast implants (BIA-ALCL) is an immune system cancer. It is estimated to occur in about 1 in 3,000 to 1 in 12,000 women with structural breast implants. Smooth surface implants are associated with lower rates.

More than 620 cases and at least 17 deaths from BIA-ALCL have been reported worldwide.

Of the 500 US women surveyed, about 1 in 7 said they had heard of BIA-ALCL. However, of the 12% of respondents who had implants, more than half knew about it.

After receiving the BIA-ALCL risk information, about 58% of respondents said they were still ready for reconstructed breast implants and 46% would be ready for cosmetic breast implants. But 36% said they would be less likely to transplant.

Two-thirds of implanted women "express some degree of interest" related to BIA-ALCL, and 35% said they "are seriously considering transplant removal."

There are no current recommendations for breast implant removal in women without implant-related symptoms. Symptoms of BIA-ALCL include swelling, mass or pain in the implant area, according to research published in the July issue. Cosmetic and Orthopedic Surgery.

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