Breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL, is a rare form of cancer that can develop around breast implants and most frequently in patients who have implants with a textured surface. Given that this is a rare complication of implants, patients have a very low risk of developing it. Nonetheless, it’s crucial to understand the risk of BIA-ALCL if you currently have textured implants.
What is Large Cell Lymphoma?
Contrary to what you might first assume, BIA-ALCL isn’t a type of breast cancer. It’s a rare form of cancer that impacts the immune system. With BIA-ALCL, the lymphoma develops in the fibrous capsule, or scar tissue, surrounding the breast implant. If cancer progresses, the lymphoma may spread and reach the lymph nodes close to the breast. Surgical intervention is essential for the treatment of BIA-ALCL.
Symptoms of BIA-ALCL may include:
- Swelling of the breast
- Breast asymmetry
- Breast pain
- Hardening of the breast
- Skin rash
- Significant fluid collection
- Lump in the armpit or breast
The Risk of Large Cell Lymphoma with Textures Implants
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the current lifetime risk of developing BIA-ALCL for women with textured breast implants is between 1:2,207 and 1:86,029. Additionally, fewer than 10 patients per year are diagnosed with BIA-ALCL. It’s a very rare condition that’s much more likely to develop in patients with textured breast implants, as opposed to smooth implants.
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