Safety of breast implants questioned again

Chris Miller
September 24, 2018 - 8:49 am

New research points to more concerns over breast implants, but the FDA isn't so sure.

Researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center found an increase in skin cancer among women with implants, along with autoimmune disorders and other health disorders. But the reason why that cancer link is there won't be known without more in -depth study, says LSU breast surgeon Ashley Hendrix.

"They were using publicly available data. They don't draw identified patients," Dr. Hendrix explained. "It's not like they can contact the 65 patients who had melanoma and ask them, 'what's your family history? How much sun exposure have you had?'"

The FDA rejected the study's results, but called for a meeting next year to review the available data, including the MD Anderson study, which was published in the journal Annals of Surgery.

Dr. Hendrix says women who have had implants need to have regular follow-up with their doctors to monitor for complications. She says breast augmentation is as popular today is it was before silicone implants were taken off the market from 1992 - 2006.

"I think augmentation remains the exact same popularity as it did before," said Dr. Hendrix. "For a long period of time, women really only wanted saline implants, and now we're seeing shifts back to silicone being acceptable."

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