Potential New Link Between a Rare Form of Cancer and Silicone and Saline Breast Implants

January 31, 2011


Louis Bucky, MD, chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital, spoke to CBS3 recently about a possible cancer connection found with both silicone and saline implants. The FDA says it is currently investigating. Dr. Bucky says five to ten million women have breast implants worldwide. The FDA is looking at 34 of them developing a rare cancer. "The chance of getting struck by lightening is way higher than 34 in five to 10 million." The FDA has created a registry for doctors to report cases of women with implants developing anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or ALCL, a very rare but deadly lymphoma. "They have found in reports the diagnosis of ALCL happening around the implant, or ALCL of the breast, in some patients. Whether that is related to their breast implants or not has not been determined in any way," said Dr. Bucky. The FDA says implants continue to be safe, and women with concerns should check with their doctor. Read More