Breast Implants Lymphoma Risk Investigated by Medical experts and product liability lawyers
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a report about the risk for anaplastic large-cell lymphoma in women with breast implants. The FDA issued the alert, noting that almost all cases of implant-caused lymphoma have involved implants with textured rather than smooth surfaces. The implant texturing, which is used to help anchor the implants, is said to cause constant inflammation, and later lead to cancer.
Of the 359 global cases of breast implant-caused cancer reported to the FDA, there have been nine deaths. The cancer and death toll is likely much higher, as the statistics only rely on voluntary reports from patients and doctors.
The FDA said they have known about this rare cancer occurrence since 2011, and have since strengthened their understanding of the condition. The World Health Organization (WHO) has also expressed concern over breast implant-associated T-cell lymphoma that can develop following breast implants.
Allergan has recalled textured breast implants due to added BIA-ALCL risk.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati product liability lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of civil litigation claims.
Textured Breast Implants a Serious Risk to Women
Roughly 400,000 women receive breast implants each year in the United States. An estimated one in 30,000 women with textured implants will develop the cancer. The material of the implant—silicone or saline—has not been found to affect one’s risk. The cancers from textured implants have been diagnosed anywhere from two to 28 years after implantation, with a median diagnosis of eight years.
As breast implants have gained in popularity over the years, medical experts fear the breast implants lymphoma risk could encompass thousands of women across the country. In the years 2000 to 2016, the number of breast augmentation surgery rose 37 percent in America.
The FDA first learned of the risk in 2011 and implant product labeling was added. The label warnings on Allergan and Mentor implant packaging however, are listed among several other less severe complications and can get lost in the small print. Implanting surgeons are encouraged to warn patients of the breast implants lymphoma risk, but it is estimated that only around 30 percent of doctors discus the risk of cancer with patients.
What is Lymphoma?
Lymphoma is a common cancer of the blood—the two main forms of lymphoma being Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Lymphoma occurs when cells of the immune system, types of white blood cells, multiply uncontrollably.
It is not known entirely why breast implants cause T-cell lymphoma in the breast, though some medical professionals surmise that bacteria attached to the textured implant creates an immune system reaction within the body of a woman.
Symptoms of this rare form of lymphoma include, pain, a swelling around the breast and a buildup of fluid around implants. If detected early on, the cancer is generally treatable. Affected patients are encouraged to remove their implants immediately along with the other damaged tissue in the breast. About 85 percent of cases are resolved after surgery. If the cancer has spread, however, chemotherapy and radiation may be necessary.
Legal Action for Breast Implants Lymphoma Victims
Experienced medical device attorneys are now filing claims against implant makers like Allergan and Mentor for manufacturing defective products that have not been properly tested long term, and cause deadly diseases like cancer. The companies producing implants that cause cancer must be held responsible for the damage they cause. Thus far, no implants have been recalled. As seen in the past from many medical device corporations, legal action is the only deterrent to putting defective devices to market, and the only way to protect consumers from further injury.
The Lyon Firm specializes in representing plaintiffs in product liability and personal injury lawsuits, filed against negligent medical device companies to recover rightful compensation.
If you or a loved one has developed lymphoma after receiving breast implants, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding the breast implants lymphoma risk.