Is there any relationship between breast implants and breast cancer?

No. Several studies have shown that there is no relationship between breast cancer and the presence of breast implants. If 1 in 10 (approximately) women develop breast cancer, then 1 in 10 women with breast implants will develop breast cancer. In fact, it has been shown that women with breast implants have tended to find their cancers at an earlier stage – probably for several reasons:

  • There is less breast tissue to examine and confuse the issue.
  • Patients with implants are more comfortable examining themselves – they are often more familiar with the feel of their breasts and interested in the changes that occur.
  • The implant provides a bit of a platform to feel against, so you can usually still feel for lumps quite easily.

It is human nature to want to blame something if a problem develops. So, if a patient develops breast cancer, it would be hard not to believe that the implant might have had something to do with it -though statistically, we know that there is no relationship.

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