What is BIA-ALCL?

What is BIA-ALCL and should you be concerned?

Throughout the last couple of decades, breast implants have been at their height of popularity. So many women have undergone some form of breast augmentation surgery from celebrities, to the girl next door. But recently, there has been an influx of women wanting to get their breast implants removed. Many people are attributing this to the fear of developing BIA-ALCL.

If you are considering a breast augmentation, already have breast implants, or are considering removing your breast implants, then you may be concerned about the media-induced paranoia of developing BIA-ALCL; a cancer related to breast implants.

What is BIA-ALCL?

BIA-ALCL is a very rare form of cancer derived from breast implants. BIA-ALCL stands for Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. BIA-ALCL symptoms involves swelling of the breasts from an accumulation of fluid, lumps, or changes in the breast shape. Treatment involves removing the breast implants.

Should you be concerned about BIA-ALCL?

In short answer, not necessarily. Although you should always be doing regular check-ups and cancer check, there is no need to be deeply concerned about developing BIA-ALCL.

This form of cancer is extremely rare and mainly only affects those who have textured breast implants. Furthermore, this disease is not even frequent enough to build country specific statistics. So, there is low breast implant cancer risk but of course it is important to consider that there is risk.

The risk of developing BIA-ALCL is between 1 in 3,800 and 1 in 30,000 women with textured implants. This has a survival rate of between 91-14% after both early and later diagnosis. This means that, less than approximately 1% of women with breast implants are at risk of developing, and an even more microscopic number of women who are in danger.

To put this in perspective; the risk of developing breast cancer in Australia is 1 in 8 women. And this is whether they have breast implants or not.

What actions should I take?

Whether you have breast implants or not, you should always be going for regular cancer check-ups. When you do have breast implants, it is beneficial to keep in contact with your plastic surgeon Melbourne like A/Prof Dean White. Go for ultrasounds and mammograms as usual, and most importantly, pay attention to your body. Monitor and perform regular check-ups on your breasts, if something feels out of the ordinary, it is never a bad idea to contact Mr Dean White. Mr White is always ready to prioritise your health and keep up with his patients and of course, cater to your concerns.

If the risk of BIA-ALCL is so low, why are so many women getting their implants removed?

There are many reasons why women are getting their breast implants removed. Many times, it is simply because they have changed their minds. As you get older, it can get tiresome catering to larger breasts and carrying that extra weight if you don’t need to. Other women are becoming more active and would like a more athletic body type that doesn’t interfere with working out and running. And other women are just wanting to transition back to a more natural look.

Contact Mr Dean White

If you have any more questions or concerns regarding BIA-ALCL and plastic surgery, get in contact with us at Dean White Plastic Surgery. Mr Dean White is highly qualified and educated in his field and he is committed to helping his patients maintain optimal health and satisfaction with their results.


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