Breast Implants and cancer

Last Modified: January 10, 2006

Question

Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"

I have had breast implants for 15 years. Can breast implants cause cancer?

Answer

Carolyn Vachani RN, MSN, AOCN, OncoLink's Nurse Educator, responds:

The Institute of Medicine conducted a thorough report on the safety of silicone breast implants. The report states that breast cancer is no more common in women with breast implants than those without breast implants. Several studies have reported slightly higher rates of lung and vulvar cancer in women with breast implants, but these studies are inconclusive because they did not take in to consideration other risk factors (like smoking).

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