Back in 2011, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration study identified a possible link between breast implants and a rare form of blood cancer known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). Today, the result of continued study and data collection by the FDA as well as further information and data gathered by the World Health Organization and other regulatory bodies around the world has made that link considerably stronger. As a result, the FDA has released a warning regarding the possible dangers of breast implants causing this cancer to develop.
A Rare Condition
While many people may become worried, the vast majority of women with implants can rest easy: this is a very rare condition. The FDA states that the condition is almost exclusively found in women with late onset, persistent peri-implant seroma. The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) estimates that the risk of developing BIA-ALCL to be somewhere between one in 1,000 and one in 10,000, so as a result, the FDA has stated that they do not recommend implant removal from patients who are not showing any symptoms of BIA-ALCL.
Furthermore, FDA surveys found the disease tended to develop far more frequently in women with textured breast implant surfaces as opposed to smooth (203 of 231 reported cases with information regarding implant surface).
What to Do
If you are considering breast implants, the most important thing you can do as a consumer is educate yourself about the products and know the risks before agreeing to your surgery. You should consult with a doctor regarding the advantages and disadvantages of each type of implant, as well as the health risks that may be associated with each. Your surgeon should be able to provide you with all warning labels and information at your consultation in order to help you understand the risk.
If you have developed this rare form of cancer as a result of your breast implants, you should seek immediate treatment from a medical specialist who can help you develop a recovery plan, and then speak with a personal injury attorney. At Jackson Allen & Williams, LLP, we understand the devastating impact developing a serious disease can have, particularly if that disease has developed as a side effect of a medical device that did not receive adequate testing. We work hard to help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries, and help you along the road to recovery by ensuring your financial needs are covered by those who are held liable.
Get help with your injuries by calling Jackson Allen & Williams, LLP today at (888)-811-9747.