Are Implants Putting You at Risk for Breast Cancer?

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If you’ve been inspired by Angelina Jolie’s courageous breast reconstruction and want to lessen your own risk of breast cancer, you might want to take your breast implants into consideration. A recent study has found that having implants might delay breast cancer detection, increasing the chance of mortality. 

By analyzing the patterns of different case studies, Canadian researchers found that women with breast implants had a 26 percent higher chance of being diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer than women without implants.

According to the experts, women with breast implants are harder to diagnose with breast cancer since the implants can block some areas of the breast on mammograms. "Women who currently have breast implants and those considering breast augmentation should be aware of the possible long-term health effects of cosmetic breast implants," says lead author Dr. Eric Lavigne.

Although the analysis linked breast implants to later-stage breast cancer diagnoses, there is no evidence that the implants played any role in causing cancer.  

Rest assured, if you have implants there’s no need to worry. Women are generally pleased with the results of breast augmentation. However, extra precaution is necessary and some doctors recommend that women with breast implants have an ultrasound or MRI done in addition to a mammogram to ensure all breast tissue is examined. 

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