February 7, 2019 — There are 457 reports of women who developed a rare form of cancer called Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) after getting breast implants, including 9 women who died, according to a new update from the FDA.
Most cases of ALCL occurred in women who had breast implants with a textured surface rather than a smooth surface. Even so, the FDA says it does not have enough information to issue a specific warning about textured breast implants or take any regulator action.
Not all of the 457 reports include information about the implant’s surface, so the FDA says it is difficult to know if the implant’s texture is more likely to cause cancer, or if the higher number of reports of cancer are simply due to a higher number of textured breast implants.
The largest manufacturer of textured breast implants, Allergan, recently pulled all textured breast implants off the market in Europe. They remain on the market in the United States.
In December 2019, French health regulators ordered Allergan to stop manufacturing and selling Microcell and Biocell breast implants, which have significant surface texturing.
Textured breast implants were advertised as a way to reduce complications like contracture, which occurs when scar tissue causes the implant to become hard. Unfortunately, some studies suggest that bacteria can hide in the textured surface more easily than a smooth-surface breast implant. Researchers say the bacteria may cause a low-level infection that increases the risk of lymphoma over time.
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