The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing the safety of breast implants used by millions of American women at a two-day hearing about their long-term potential health effects. The FDA meeting included plastic surgeons, breast implant makers, and gut-wrenching personal stories from women who blame multiple health problems on their breast implants. That includes a type of cancer, called breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma. Breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, BIA-ALCL, is a cancer of the immune system that grows in the scar tissue surrounding the breast implant.
In , more than , women and teenagers underwent surgery to have their breasts enlarged with silicone or saline implants and more than , breast cancer patients had reconstruction after mastectomy, often with implants. Many women are justifiably confused by the conflicting information they hear. Here are the facts about what is known and not known about the risks of breast implants. Breast implants made with silicone envelopes and filled with silicone gel or saline salt water were first sold in the United States in the s, but sales were relatively slow until the s. By , however, almost one million women had undergone breast implant surgery, even though no safety studies had been published. Most of those women had silicone gel breast implants, which the plastic surgeons preferred.
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