FDA warns breast implants linked to rare form of cancer

The AP (2/7, Perrone) reports the Food and Drug Administration issued a letter warning health care professionals "to be on the lookout for a rare cancer linked to breast implants after receiving more reports of the disease." The AP adds that breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) "usually forms in the scar tissue that forms around implants." FDA spokeswoman Stephanie Caccomo said, "Having everyone informed about this is in the best interest of the patient."

CNN (2/7, Karimi) reports on its website that the FDA said "at least 457 women in the United States have so far been diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma," and nine women have died from the rare cancer. CNN adds that "the rare cancer...affects cells in the immune system and can be found around the breast implant."

https://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/LetterstoHealthCareProviders/ucm630863.htm

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