BIA ALCL News – Associated with Textured Breast Implants

What is BIA-ALCL ?

Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma

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 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 breast cancer in their lifetime.

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.

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?

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.

If you are a patient of Dr Craig Rubinstein and need further information please phone (03) 8849 1400

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