Breast implants carry very low risk of causing cancer

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Cosmetic surgery to address anything from wrinkles to abdominal fat has become more acceptable in recent decades. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says that, since 2000, overall procedures have risen by 115 percent.

Although procedures like lower body lifts and nose reshaping remain popular, breast augmentation was the most common of the 1.7 million cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2015. Breast augmentation includes lifts, reconstruction, and implants. The safety of breast implants is continually scrutinized, particularly with regard to the potential correlation between implants and cancer risk.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently updated its understanding and warnings concerning cancer linked to breast implants. Nine deaths and 359 cases have been reported to the Administration that involved a unique cancer that is associated with breast implants. Extremely rare anaplastic large cell lymphoma affects cells in the immune system and can be found around the breast implant. It is important to note that this is not a form of breast cancer, but a separate strain of cancer that can be found in the skin or lymph nodes. Women who have had problems with the implant, such as lumps or asymmetry, are at a higher risk for the condition than women who haven’t had problems. However, it is estimated to occur in only one of every 300,000 women with implants.

Breast implants remain a generally safe option for those seeking augmentation or reconstruction. Many of the risks associated with the implants will occur soon after surgery, if at all. These may include settling and malpositioning. Leaking and capsular contracture, or when a layer of scar tissue develops around the implant, can occur in the first several years.

The Administration suggests that women carefully consider the pros and cons to implants before deciding to go under the knife. In many cases, additional procedures or replacement in the future may be necessary. According to the its Center for Devices and Radiological Health, while a few women may keep their original implants for 20 years or more, that is not a common outcome.

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Posted 12:00 am, October 19, 2017
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HONEY Pooter from Williamsburg says:
This is old news - what about vaginal implants (to get that firmer, fuller, larger vagina that all the men desire)?? Do they cause cancer? Will they give you vjay cooties?
Oct. 19, 2017, 5:14 pm
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from Bed-Stuy says:
And that's why I don't like the Brooklyn Paper's job to make the rules and regulations in the comments section much more stricter. I blame on the Brooklyn Paper and their own staff for bringing trolls, impersonatos and cyberbullies to this. If only the comments section will be gone.
Oct. 19, 2017, 7:33 pm
Babs from Brooklyn says:
Pedro - all you want is censorship, which is awful. You're own comments are focused on yourself and not part of a conversation. You clearly just want to quiet anyone who isn't you. YOur ideas are not universal - in fact, judging by the response, your comments bother more people than the ones you want to have removed. This is not the Pedro Paper, so you have to learn the kindergarten lesson of having to deal with other people and get along. You're not the center of the world, please stop acting like it!
Oct. 20, 2017, 3:24 am
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from Bed-Stuy says:
Babs, I've been trolled by personal attacks by the same impersonator in the past week or so, just because I shared my own opinion about the article at hand. FYI, any article that it's interesting to me I will honestly post them without further incident. Disclaimer: I didn't post any of those initial comments you see on the other articles recently. The only article that I could post comments on are public transportation, especially on the MTA and that's it.
Oct. 20, 2017, 7:55 am

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