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Breast Implants Linked to Dozens of New Lymphoma Cases: FDA Warning

At least 474 women who received textured breast implants have been diagnosed with a rare, life-threatening type of cancer known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), according to a new warning from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Of those diagnosed, 9 women died from complications of the disease, the agency said.

Based on the relatively small body of research conducted to date on anaplastic large cell lymphoma, frequency of the disease ranges anywhere from 1 in 3,000 women with breast implants to 1 in 30,000. About 1.5 million women in the U.S. get breast implant each year, according to People.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma after receiving breast implants, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

What’s the problem?

BIA-ALCL is not classified as a cancer of the breast tissue, but the disease almost always appears on or near the implant site. Physicians are asked to watch cautiously any patients with new swelling, lumps or pain around breast implants.

Implants are manufactured with either smooth or textured exteriors and saline or silicone gel interiors, FDA said. Most cases of anaplastic large cell lymphoma have been diagnosed in women with textured breast implants. However, it’s important to note that the lymphoma has been found in women who were implanted with the smooth variety as well.

Most women who go on to be diagnosed with BIA-ALCL are tipped off to the presence of the cancer due to symptoms such as pain, lumps, swelling, or asymmetry in the boobs that developed after they were fully healed.

The condition manifests similar to chronic fatigue syndrome, with aches and breathing problems, and there’s little speculation and even less research into what about the implants may be causing the disease.

“We hope that this information prompts providers and patients to have important, informed conversations about breast implants and the risk of BIA-ALCL,” said Dr. Ashar, director of the Division of Surgical Devices in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

Do I have a Breast Implants Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in breast implant lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new lymphoma cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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