Women who are considering breast implants must carefully consider their goals and personal health concerns carefully before scheduling breast augmentations. Not all patients are right for this procedure, and patients should be aware of surgical risks prior to going under the knife. One question that comes up is whether breast augmentation increases one’s risk of developing breast cancer in the future. Here are some tips and answers for women considering making this change.
- Implants will change how the breasts feel.
Women who have regularly checked their breasts for changes may find it hard to get used to the feel of their new breasts. However, it will still be possible to check for changes that could indicate cancer. In fact, because implants are placed beneath the breast tissue, some say that it becomes easier to detect lumps.
- Mammograms are okay.
Women may avoid mammograms after receiving implants because they believe it could cause damage. This is typically not the case. However, technicians may need to take additional pictures after pushing the implant out of the way.
- Saline and silicone breast implants do not increase the risk of breast cancer.
In at least eight studies, researchers have seen no increased risk of developing breast cancer after having implants placed.
- Women with implants could develop a very rare type of cancer.
The FDA is warning about a very rare malignancy that seems to be tied to breast implants. This is called anaplastic large cell lymphoma, which is not a type of breast cancer, and it is only seen in approximately 3 out of 100 million women. It is considered to be highly treatable.
- Smooth breast implants seem to be the best choice.
Anaplastic large cell lymphoma currently seems to be tied to textured implants.