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Women with Breast Implants Have Lymphoma Risk

The U.S. FDA, after an intensive review of known cases of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) in breast implant recipients, has issued a statement warning that women with implants may have an increased risk of developing the cancer.

FDA and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons are working together to establish a registry of ALCL patients who have breast implants. FDA scientists hope the registry provides enough information to better understand what the risks.

According to the FDA:

In the cases reported, ALCL was typically diagnosed years after the implant surgery. In most of these cases, the women were diagnosed after they observed changes in the look or feel of the area surrounding the implant.”

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