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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?

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Dr. Azita Madjidi
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Azita Madjidi
Dr. Azita Madjidi
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Geoffrey Rutledge
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Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

There is no evidence that breast implants increas the risk or impede the detection of breast cancer.

In brief: No

There is no evidence that breast implants increas the risk or impede the detection of breast cancer.
Dr. Steve Martinez
Dr. Steve Martinez
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Lara Devgan
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Lara Devgan
Dr. Lara Devgan
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