Published on : Nov 27, 2018
In the U.K., a recent study has questioned the safety concerns regarding the commonly used kind of silicone breast implant in the UK. In France, the women are advised to avoid using the textured implants of silicone. Meanwhile, the researchers are looking for others links with respect to rare type of cancer. Still several women do have the implants in there, since there is no warning from the regulator’s end, to not use it. They say action will be taken when the need arises.
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) stated that it is closely tracking the use of texture silicone breast implants for safety issues.
Various Studies Conducted to back Implant safety
According to device manufacturers, the safety concerns with implants is backed by widespread studies and testing, along with tracking of use of over a decade in Europe and America.
The BBC's Panorama Programme is continuously observing the safety and efficacy of implants with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and companies across the globe, such as the British Medical Journal and the Guardian newspaper.
A patient named Janet Trelawney was diagnosed with breast cancer two decades ago. She got one of her breasts removed and replaced with the textured silicone implants. Presently, she has diagnosed with a condition called disease implant related lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). It isn’t exactly a breast cancer, but a kind of tumor of immune system.
In several situations it was observed in the fluid around the implant and scar tissue. However, it has the ability to spread in the entire body as well.
An expert in breast implants of lymphoma at Cambridge University, Dr. Suzanne Turner, stated, it is a serious issue for sure at present, since they are witnessing rise in number of breast implant associated lymphoma in women. So, even though the risk is minor, yet surgeons and patients need to be aware about it.