What is BIA-ALCL ?
BIA-ALCL is NOT breast cancer. Breast cancer forms from cells in the breast. BIA-ALCL is a rare cancer of the body’s disease-fighting lymphatic system and will usually grow in the fluid and internal scar tissue that develops around the breast implant. In minimal instances, BIA-ALCL can take the form of a lump in the breast or armpit region.
Expert opinions have estimated the risk of BIA-ALCL is between 1-in-1,000 and 1-in-10,000. To put this in perspective – 1 in 9 women will be diagnosed with actual breast cancer in their lifetime.
Although few fatalities have been recorded, the majority of cases can be cured by removing the implant and the capsule surrounding it.
Experts are currently advising to leave implants in the body if there are no problems and there is no confirmed diagnosis of ALCL.
BIA-ALCL is more likely to occur in implants with a TEXTURED surface. To date, smooth implants have NOT been associated with this condition.
The TGA is proposing to either cancel or suspend particular implants from the “textured” ranges. They are still investigating and will release further details shortly.
For more information here is the full TGA update on BIA-ALCL.
More Information on BIA-ALCL
Breast implant-associated cancer Information on diagnosis, treatment and monitoring from the TGA.
What can I do to check if I’m at risk?
Although it is very unlikely that any problems are linked to ALCL. Other complications are more likely and are easily fixed if you consult with your GP or Surgeon.
If you have any paperwork relating to your surgery, you may find information regarding your implants. If not, always call the surgeon who performed your surgery. Records can be checked and review appointments booked if necessary.