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A 46-year-old member asked:

do breast implants increase the risk of cancer? my friend just got breast implants. does having implants effect the chance that she could get breast cancer at some point in the future? do implants make it easier or harder to detect any lumps?

5 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
No, : No, breast implants do not affect the chance of developing breast cancer in the future. The risk of developing cancer in your friend with implants is neither increased or decreased. However, implants do make it more difficult to detect cancer on mammography. A study published in the journal of the american medical association showed that mammography detected only 45 out of 100 breast cancers in women with breast implants. This was in comparison to 67 out of 100 cancers detected in women without breast implants.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
No but.....: There is no direct link but there are concerns with the potential for implants to interfere with the detection of cancer. Particularly using mammograms. Special views (eklund) must be obtained. Alhtough there may be a delay in diagnosis, there has not been shown to be any effect on survival. With mri, surveillance is improved and may supplant mammography. As stated, alcl may be increased but rare.
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 28 years experience
No: There is no evidence that breast implants increas the risk or impede the detection of breast cancer.
Dr. Azita Madjidi
Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
No: Breast implant do not increase or decrease the risk of having breast cancer. Breast examination should be just like any other woman. When you get a mammography, you need to tell your technician that you have implants so they can have special views. Very little breast tissue may be masked with implants. Feeling lumps can actually be easier because the breast is pushed forward by the implant.
Dr. Lara Devgan
Plastic Surgery 14 years experience
Screening: Breast implants do not affect the rate of breast cancer, according to the most recent plastic surgery research. There is a slightly increased risk of alcl in women with silicone implants. Women with implants should have screening mammograms with eklund views to check for cancer, in addition to screening mris as directed for silicone implants.

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