Since 2016, there has been more progress made regarding a rare type of cancer that researchers found to have a possible association with certain kinds of breast implants. Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is a cancer of the immune system. Over the years since the condition was first reported, there have been 414 reported cases. Research has shown that BIA-ALCL appears to be mostly associated with textured silicone implants, though it could occur in a much smaller percentage of smooth implants filled with silicone and—much more rare but possible—with saline as well. When caught in early stages, it is significantly more likely that BIA-ALCL can be cured. This makes it very important that women who have breast implants be sure to maintain the recommended number of check-ups and mammograms, in addition to regular self-exams, to identify any potential irregularities as quickly as possible.
Please click on the link below for answers to some frequently asked questions about BIA-ALCL. This information can give you more details about the rarity of the condition, as well as the risks, symptoms, and factors that have been associated with BIA-ALCL. If you have additional questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact our practice today.