Doctors emphasize rarity of ALCL cases linked to breast augmentation

February 1, 2011

Doctors emphasize rarity of ALCL cases linked to breast augmentation
Doctors emphasize rarity of ALCL cases linked to breast augmentation

A recent report by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggests that women who receive breast implants may be at a higher risk of developing a form of lymphoma. However, many members of the medical community have come forward to emphasize the fact that development of anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL) among women who have had breast implants is very rare, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Many plastic surgeons praise the FDA for releasing statistics about the disease, saying that the federal report sheds light on the issue, allowing patients to understand that the potential association between the disease and breast implants is not a major cause for concern.

So far there have been about 60 cases worldwide involving women who were diagnosed with ALCL around their breast implants, and only 34 cases in the US. The National Cancer Institute data suggests that approximately three in every 100 million women with breast implants will develop the illness.

Furthermore, none of the 60 cases of ALCL in women with breast implants has proved fatal and if diagnosed, the disease is treated by removing or replacing the implant.

According to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, breast augmentation is the most popular surgical procedure with almost 312,000 procedures performed in 2009. ASAPS fully supports the FDA registry and the continued monitoring and research of this rare condition.


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