Plastic Surgeons Monitor Breast Implant Link To Rare Cancer
The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons says women who may be concerned about their breast implants following reports of a study linking infection caused by textured implants to a rare cancer, should discuss their concerns with their doctor.
“However, we urge women not to panic as this is an exceptionally rare cancer affecting only 300 women to date. This is out of approximately 10 million implants in women worldwide.
“Researchers estimate the risk to be between one in 50,000 to one in a million cases.
“Australian women should be reassured that Australian specialist plastic surgeons are aware of any potential risks associated with these implants and follow a 14 point safety plan to eliminate or reduce any risk of contamination,” says President of the Australian society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr James Savundra.
Lead author of the study, published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Sydney plastic surgeon, Associate Professor Anand Deva, developed the 14 point safety plan which is now being adopted in other countries. He emphasised the risk of contracting the rare cancer was “extremely low.”
“While it is important that women aren’t alarmed by this study, it is essential that they do have their implants checked annually and are educated about how to identify any abnormalities such as a lump around the implant,” said Associate Professor Deva.
“Importantly this study highlights the importance of breast implants procedures being conducted by properly-trained plastic surgeons in appropriately accredited facilities,” said Dr James Savundra.
Dr Savundra said the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons welcomes any new research that helps shed new light on ways to improve patient safety. The Society has taken a leading international role with the establishment of a Breast Device Registry to ensure any patterns of concern around breast implants or devices are detected, and acted on early to avoid any repeat of problems in the past.
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