Study Shows No Cancer Risk for Breast Implants

When the FDA announced its temporary ban on silicone breast implants for breast augmentation, one of the concerns was a possible connection between silicone breast implants and breast cancer. Of course, one reason why the implants were re-approved was that no connection was ever established. Now, a new study gives even more reason to believe in the safety of silicone breast implants. The study shows there is no connection between silicone breast implants and any type of cancer.

The study was published in the International Journal of Cancer’s January issue. It was one of the largest and longest every published, following 3486 Swedish and 2736 Danish women who received had received breast augmentation between 1965 and 1993 from the date of their breast augmentation through 2002. The cancer rates for these women were determined and compared to nationwide cancer registries. On average, women in the study were followed for 16.6 years, and some were tracked for 37 years, the entire length of the study from 1965 to 2002.

The study’s results showed no significant increase in any cancer due to the women’s breast implants. The women actually had lower rates of breast cancer, experiencing only 73% as many cancers as the general population. The study’s authors did not present an explanation for this lower incidence. Lung cancer was the only type of cancer that occurred among the women more frequently than in the general population, which the study’s authors attributed to a high number of smokers among the study population.

Breast augmentation surgery has actual risks, which you can read about on our breast augmentation questions page. But it is important to distinguish actual risks from media hype. If you are considering breast surgery and want to learn the truth about risks and benefits, please schedule a breast enhancement consultation with Phoenix, Arizona plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Angelchik today.

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