Can Breast Implants Cause Cancer?
MSN recently reported on a frightening trend that has many asking, “Do breast implants cause cancer?” As of this writing, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had already received over 350 reports about breast implants causing a rare form of cancer known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). Reportedly, this issue may have led to nine deaths so far.
How Can Breast Implants Cause Cancer?
The breast implants involved in the FDA reports have included both saline and silicone breast implants. In addition, some of the implants have been textured and others smooth. However, the FDA reports that more ALCL diagnoses involve those with textured breast implants.
Another thing the FDA discovered is that women with breast implants have a slightly increased risk of developing ALCL than women without implants. Per the MSN article, it can take around 10 years for ALCL to develop after the breast implant goes in, and the cancer tends to develop in the area around the implants.
What Should I Do If I Believe My Breast Implants Cause Cancer?
In some cases, victims and their families are already pursing product liability and wrongful death claims against the manufacturers of the breast implants, and even medical malpractice claims against the doctors involved in the implant surgery. Even if you are not sure you have a case or if you even want to file a lawsuit, you need to speak to an experienced attorney before you decide how you will proceed.
Our law firm offers free consultations where we will evaluate your claim, tell you whether you have a case, answer your questions and lay out your options. Currently, no cases have been certified as class action claims, but it is possible that there will be class action lawsuits filed in the near future in various venues nationwide.