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Surge in Australian breast cancer cases linked to cheap breast implants

Only 550,000 women have received breast implants in 2016, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. On a global scale, the United States is on top of the list of countries where most women have breast implants! Breast augmentation is among the most common cosmetic surgery procedures in the U.S. The motives for getting a breast implant are various, but not always the procedure goes without any unwanted health consequences.

Certain disturbing findings on breast implants may greatly make women reconsider their decision to have breast implants.

Namely, a recent rush of breast cancer diagnoses among the women in Australia has been directly linked to cheap breast implants.

The Australian health regulators are investigating the link between the cheap textured devices and an increasing number of diagnoses of a rare blood cancer known as anaplastic large cell carcinoma (ALCL).

On the picture in this article, you can see a defective silicone gel breast implant placed close to surgical instruments after being removed from a female patient.

According to a report by the Herald Sun, 90% of the Australian women who have had a breast implant are being under the investigation by the country’s health regulators.

A report by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), a regulatory body for therapeutic goods in Australia, has confirmed that 55 female patients with breast implants have been diagnosed with ALCL. Sadly, four of these 55 women have died.

The bad news is that the number of diagnoses detected has risen since December 2016.

Australian specialist plastic surgeons have been at the forefront of research into this lymphoma,” stated Dr. Mark Magnusson of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons in a media release on December 20th, 2016.

“(We) are working closely with the TGA [Therapeutic Goods Administration] to share information, including recent research identifying an increased risk of the disease,” says Dr. Magnusson.

Anaplastic large cell carcinoma is a rare type of lymphoma which occurs nearby the breast implant and can take 3 to 14 years to fully develop.

The most common symptom of ALCL is a continuous swelling of the breast, while a lump in the armpit or breast are other signs, according to the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Would you consider having a breast implant after hearing these disturbing news?