Breast implants are one of those things you love, or you hate. Either they’re a totally valid cosmetic option or an unnecessary violation of the body sure to cause death and destruction.
But as it turns out, they may actually be pretty dangerous. For those who have had their breast implants removed, “Breast Implant Illness” is something that’s all too real, even if the medical community is slow to accept it as reality. Those who have experienced it describe pain, weight loss and inflammation throughout their body that worsens until the implants are removed.
There may be more to it, though.
As of September 1, the FDA says they have received 10 reports about squamous cell carcinoma and 12 reports of various lymphomas related to breast implants.
They say there’s not enough information to make a recommendation one way or the other, but the FDA continues to be slow to act based on real-world results for those who suffer from breast implant-related conditions.
Last year, the FDA added new restrictions and warning labels for implants after multiple women were diagnosed with cancer of the immune system known as breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma or BIA-ALCL.
The new reports are separate from those that spurred the changes last week and highlight how slow the FDA is in researching implants and their effects on the human body. Perhaps because it’s cosmetic and they don’t care about what happens to people who choose to alter their body, but if people can die from these procedures, they should do their due diligence and figure out if there’s a link or correlation.
For now, if your breast implants could be making you sick or you suspect cancer, you should see a doctor and report the details of your implants.