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Breast Cancer Considerations

In the United States the risk of a woman developing breast cancer during her lifetime is 1 in 8. At age 30 the risk is 1 in 2,212. At age 40 the risk is 1 in 235. At age 50 the risk is 1 in 54. It is important to understand the relationships between breast implants and breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

INCIDENCE OF BREAST CANCER

Published studies indicate that breast cancer is no more common in women with implants than in women without implants. In fact some studies show breast cancer is less common in women with breast implants.

PHYSICAL EXAM

The presence of breast implants generally does not interfere with the detection of lumps on breast self exam.

MAMMOGRAPHY BEFORE IMPLANT SURGERY

The doctor will recommend that you get a mammogram before surgery if you are 35 or older. If you have ever had a mammogram the doctor will want to see the most recent report. Mammograms are recommended every two years between the ages of 40 and 50 and annually after age 50. They may be required more frequently if there is a family history or other clinical indication.*

BREAST IMPLANTS AND MAMMOGRAPHY

Breast implants always interfere with mammography to some degree. Implants placed over the muscle interfere more than implants placed beneath the muscle. It is also more difficult to perform mammography with breast implants in place. Before obtaining a mammogram you should inform the technologist that you have implants. Because the breast is squeezed during mammography, it is possible for an implant to rupture although this is exceedingly rare. Because more views are necessary a woman with implants will receive more radiation to the breast over her lifetime. However, the benefit of the mammogram definitely outweighs the risk of the small amount of additional radiation.

STAGE AT DIAGNOSIS

Women with breast implants who are diagnosed with breast cancer do not have it detected at later stages than women without breast implants who are diagnosed with breast cancer.

SURVIVAL AFTER DIAGNOSIS OF BREAST CANCER

Studies show that women with breast implants who develop breast cancer have the same survival rates as women without implants who develop breast cancer.

*It is recommended that all women perform periodic self examination of their breasts, have mammography according to American Cancer Society or National Cancer Institute guidelines, and seek professional care should they notice a breast lump.



 

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