Breast Cancer and Breast Implants
Occasionally, controversy surrounds the medical safety of breast implants. Prior to the mid-1990s, silicone implants were not TGA approved for breast augmentation because people feared that silicone was harmful to the body. Extensive research has proven that there is no life-threatening health risk associated with ruptured silicone implants. However, despite the proven safety of implants, many fears still surround their use. One of the most prolific myths about breast implants is that they increase your risk of developing breast cancer.
Many women are hesitant about using breast implants because of this false idea that there is a correlation between breast implants and developing breast cancer. Over 10 studies have been conducted on this topic, in which over 50,000 women with breast implants were evaluated. Findings in each study consistently show that there is not a higher incident rate of breast cancer in women with breast implants.
My Breast Cancer Risk and Getting Implants
Even though breast implants don’t cause breast cancer, you should still consider your level of risk for developing breast cancer. Women over the age of 40 should have a mammogram prior to their breast augmentation surgery. Women under the age of 40 with a strong family history of breast cancer or a genetic predisposition to breast cancer (caused by a mutation of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes) should also have a mammogram prior to their breast augmentation.
Education and regular screenings have been key factors in the rise of early detected breast cancer. Catching breast cancer in its early stages significantly increases your chances of survival. Women over the age of 20 should have annual clinical breast exams where you doctor physically evaluates your breasts for lumps or abnormalities. Women over the age of 40 should have annual mammograms to check for the presence of breast cancer.
Mammograms and Breast Implants
Some people also fear that breast implants will prevent the detection of early stage breast cancer and, therefore, lead to a more aggressive form of cancer. This is no longer a founded fear. Current mammogram technology is highly advanced, and professionals are trained to screen and evaluate women with breast implants. You should always inform your doctor of your breast implants to ensure you are referred to a mammographer who has experience with breast implants. Women can rest assured that there is no evidence to support the claim that implants prevent the detection of breast cancer.
Dr Zoumaras is a renowned plastic surgeon who regularly performs breast augmentation surgery. He is sensitive to the concerns and fears of his patients. His goal is to properly address any concerns you may have to ensure a comfortable and relaxing procedure. If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, schedule your consultation with Dr Zoumaras today. Contact our office at 02 9327 1700 or fill out our online contact form here for additional information.