Recent news headlines reporting a link between breast implants and cancer have caused concern among many women who have breast implants or who are considering breast augmentation surgery.
Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) is a very rare form of cancer related to diseases such as Hodgkin's Lymphoma. It is not a form of breast cancer. Although it can occur in any woman, it has recently been found to be associated to a higher degree in women who have had breast implants placed—particularly textured implants. Although the actual incidence of this condition is unknown, it is considered to be extremely uncommon, with only approximately 300 cases reported to the FDA. In women who are having problems with their implants, particularly fluid collection, swelling or pain, the potential for ALCL should be entertained by the treating surgeon. Means of diagnosing and treating this condition are well known now.
If you are a current patient of Dr. Harrell and have questions regarding your breast implants or if you are considering breast augmentation and would like to schedule your initial consultation, please contact the Weston Center for Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery today at 954-526-0066. Dr. Harrell serves clients in Miami, Weston, Fort Lauderdale, Plantation and Davie, Florida.