FDA Links Breast Implants To Cancer

surgery-resized-600The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently reported that a particular type of cancer has been linked to women with breast implants. The connection is being made between anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) and women who have received breast implants. Thus far the FDA has associated nine deaths to this form of cancer stemming from breast implants. In an official statement, the FDA reported that “All of the information to date suggests that women with breast implants have a very low but increased risk of developing ALCL compared to women who do not have breast implants”.  Exact numbers are difficult to determine because ALCL is being linked to a very specific type of procedure but the FDA has revealed that they have received reports of 359 cases associated with ALCL and breast implants.

 Investigation

 The FDA first discussed the potential risk associated between breast implants and developing cancer six years ago. However, at the time they did not have the technology to effectively research possible connections and draw any definitive solutions. Instead, the organization simply advised women who received implants to proceed with extra caution and regularly check with their doctor should they believe an abnormality occurred.  However, recent research has revealed that there is a specific link between cancer and those who received “textured” breast implants. Of the cases, the FDA specifically analyzed almost 88 percent of the cancer victims also received texture breast implants. Fortunately, for those affected by the disease, the FDA reported that ALCL is a particularly slow-growing cancer and if caught in the early stages, it is typically treatable.

 To date, anaplastic large cell lymphoma is largely under-researched due to how rare the form of cancer is. The disease’s association with breast implants has brought discussion the of ALCL to light for the first time and little is truly understood about the disease. Scientists explain that ALCL is accompanied by the antigen, CD30, which is attaches to lymphoma cells, however, the exact reason why this occurs has yet to be determined. All that is truly known is that the disease affects immune system cells and be found in the lymph nodes and skin around breast implants.

 The FDA’s Recommendation

 As of yet, the FDA has been hesitant to suggest taking drastic action, such as the removal of breast implants. Although, they have maintained that individuals with textured breast implants remain diligent and proceed with extreme caution. In the coming months, several organizations including the Plastic Surgery Foundation plan on researching this matter further and determining whether a true connection exists.

 Legal Help?

In the event that someone you know has been injured or killed due to ALCL, it is important to understand that an attorney can a valuable asset to ensuring that those at fault are held responsible. If a product’s design or a faulty procedure led has to injury or death then you may be entitled to financial compensation for the hardship and suffering. Those affected by negligent acts know all too well of the financial hardship that often accompanies a debilitating injury or illness to a member of their household. Fortunately, the Atlanta based Van Johnson Law Firm specializes in personal injury and wrongful death and can stand up for you and your family. If you have been a victim and are in need of assistance call 404-551-2428 today for a free consultation, or e-mail us at: info@vanjohnsonlaw.us.