Implants’ link to cancer not being tracked: group

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 24, 2019
By: Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

Taiwan Women’s Link and Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Lin Shu-fen (林淑芬) yesterday urged

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Lin Shu-fen, center, at a news conference held with Taiwan Women’s Link in Taipei yesterday calls on the Ministry of Health and Welfare to inform the public of the health risks of breast implants.  Photo: CNA

the Ministry of Health and Welfare to inform people about the health risk of breast implants.

The US Food and Drug Administration in 2011 identified a possible link between breast implants and the development of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), Women’s Link founder and standing director Huang Sue-ying (黃淑英) said.

The breast implant-associated ALCL (BIA-ALCL) is not breast cancer, but a cancer of the immune system, she said, adding that it is mostly found in scar tissue and fluid near implants.

As of September last year, the US agency had received 457 unique medical device reports that meet the pathologic criteria of BIA-ALCL, including nine resulting in death, and most data suggest that BIA-ALCL occurs more frequently after placement of breast implants with textured surfaces than those with smooth surfaces, Huang said.

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