Breast implants may cause more cancer types than previously thought, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning
Squamous cell carcinoma and lymphomas, as well as immune system malignancies, have been linked to FDA-approved implants
Dr. Binita Ashar made the observation that the infection could be "in the capsule or scar tissue around breast implants."
These cancers are distinct from the 2011 report of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)
It's not breast cancer, as the FDA warned , but a type of non-lymphoma, Hodgkin's or cancer of the immune system
The risk of BIA-ALCL is thought to be low, but it has the ability to spread throughout the body from the scar tissue and fluid surrounding the implant
Squamous cell carcinoma and other lymphomas after breast implants appear to be uncommon, according to Ashar
She suggested that patients and doctors should report such incidents to the FDA's MedWatch adverse event reporting program.
So that the agency can determine if such incidents are more common than previously thought and if they are truly associated with implants
Some cancers developed years after implants. According to the FDA, all three caused swelling, discomfort, lumps, and/or skin abnormalities