Quebec warns women with textured breast implants of cancer risk

(Canadian Press) — The Quebec Health Ministry wants all the thousands of women in the province who have received textured breast implants since 1995 to be warned of a potential cancer risk.

The government has asked the province’s hospitals and clinics to contact all patients who received that specific type of implant in the last 24 years to inform them of the symptoms of anaplastic large cell lymphoma, a form of cancer.

A ministry spokesperson, Marie-Claude Lacasse, says the chance of developing the cancer is very low — only about one in 30,000 — but the government still wants women to be informed.

The Quebec government’s decision follows an update by Health Canada published in mid-February that noted an increase in the number of cases of anaplastic large cell lymphoma associated with textured breast implants in Canadian women. (…)

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