Women with implants warned about increased risk of rare cancer

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (ATGA) has warned women with breast implants to be especially vigilant due to an increased risk of developing a rare cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL).

It was previously believed that the chances of developing ALCL was between one in three million and one in 50,000 however, the ATGA has released a new estimate of one in 1000 women with breast implants.

There have been 46 reported cases of ALCL in Australia with three deaths.

Most women who have breast implants can have regular breast screens every two years. However, it’s advised that before making an appointment that women discuss their suitability for breast screens with their medical professional. Implants make it harder to see breast tissue on standard mammograms and additional images may be required.

Longer appointments (approximately 20 minutes) are available for women with breast implants through BreastScreen Victoria. More information for women with breast implants can be found here.

The updated warning from the ATGA can be found here.

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