Breast implants ‘must carry stronger warnings about cancer risk’

Carole Roberts, who has recovered from BIA-ALCL, is one of eight women planning to sue over implants. Photograph: Carole Roberts

(Jon Ungoed Thomas/ The Guardian) — Lawyers are calling for stronger warnings on breast implants as government figures show at least 88 women in the UK have been diagnosed with cancer linked to the surgery.

A small number of women who have implants can develop a rare type of lymphoma known as Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).

Several types of the implants most commonly associated with the disease – known as textured implants – are banned in France and Australia. The US Food and Drug Administration issued “black box” warnings – its most stringent warnings for drugs and medical devices – in October for breast implants, including their association with BIA-ALCL. (…)