The FDA has recalled textured breast implants made by Allergan/Biocelle/Natrelle. The reason is that there have been a reported 573 cancer cases and 33 cancer deaths caused by these breast implant.
The Allergan/Biocelle/Natrelle textured implants carry a risk that is about six times that of other textured implants sold in the United States, the FDA said. Hundreds of thousands of women in the United States have these implants.
The FDA has recalled Allergan Biocell products including:
The contents of the implant, silicone or saline, are not a factor in the lymphoma. The textured nature of the Allergan/ Natrelle implants is the cause of the lymphoma. Most other implants have smooth surfaces. A diagram from the FDA showing how the cancer forms around the implant.
The lymphoma is found near the breast implant, contained within the fibrous scar capsule or in the fluid surrounding the implant. The disease is not in the breast tissue itself. Researchers have not been able to explain the link between the textured implants and rare cancer.
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