Silicone breast implants with a textured shell are associated with a 400-fold increased risk of a rare cancer compared to smooth silicone breast implants, according to a study in JAMA Oncology.
Health officials in Australia reported 56 cases of Anaplastic Large-Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) in woman with breast implants, including 3 deaths since 2007.
The FDA has confirmed that breast implants can cause a rare type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Textured breast implants are also more likely to cause cancer than smooth-surface breast implants.
Two lawsuits have been filed in California by women who got sick when their Mentor MemoryGel silicone breast implants leaked.