Breast augmentation | How breast implant can increase cancer risk?
Breast augmentation surgery or breast implant is on the rising pace because thousands of women are going through breast enhancement surgery every year. A newly emerging disease called anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL is associated with breast implant. According to American plastic surgeon Professor Mark Clemens says that it is rare but widely underestimated. He says, he is tracking the cases since they were first reported in 2011 and is concerned the commonality of the disease is 10 times higher than women are actually told. He said BIA-ALCL has been identified in 173 patients worldwide and at least 11 of which are British. Though, according to one of the NHS breast surgeon, who has treated three women with the condition in the past year, claims these numbers “could be just the tip of the iceberg”. BIA-ALCL is triggered by the most common type of implant which are widely used in breast augmentation surgery in the U.K. many women who went through this implant surgery may be at the risk of this disease but they are completely unaware just like the survivor Charlotte Fouracres. She is 30-year-old teacher from Colchester and she went through the breast augmentation surgery in April 2012 to take her breasts from B cup to D. but suddenly in the last July, she found a lump the “size of a 5p” at the top of her right breast and she visited her doctor to get it checked out. She was referred to a breast-screening centre where an ultrasound scans and needle biopsy confirmed she had ALCL (Anaplastic large cell lymphoma). It is the most common blood cancer. Charlotte began having chemotherapy straight away, but the treatment failed to stop the cancer from taking hold. After four months her tumor had spread to her chest wall and doctors declared it inoperable. She said: “My right breast was swollen; felt burning hot and I had developed a red, itchy rash. I became unable to raise my right arm to brush my hair or teeth and could no longer cook or drive.Charlotte felt absolutely lost with no control over her body. She was then referred to consultant breast surgeon Fiona MacNeill at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust cancer centre in London. Ms MacNeill said that many doctors don’t recognize this disease as it is a new type of cancer. She explained: “To diagnose BIA-ALCL as distinct from ALCL, specific tests have to be carried out. “Although, Charlotte was put on the correct treatment for regular ALCL, it is possible the BIA-ALCL does not respond well to the type of chemotherapy used to treat the more common form.” She was given seven cycles of a £10,000 biological therapy drug called brentuximab which works by mimicking immune-system antibodies that attack and destroy tumor cells.
Women having breast augmentations have been warned about BIA-ALCL since 2011 when US health chiefs the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the World Health Organization issued alerts to doctors and urged them to report cases. Though, Charlotte said it was never mentioned to her. However, if you also want to enhance the size of your breast, you should go for 100% natural treatment. Nature has no side effects and it’s fully safe and effective. Breast Actives is a three step natural enhancement system that uses only all-natural ingredients. Combined with our one-of-a-kind breast enhancement exercise program can help you develop the shapely curves you’re after. For more information, please visit the official website.