Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer Recalled

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           Phones are ringing off the hook in Dr. Richard Korentager’s office. He’s a plastic surgeon at The University of Kansas Health System, and many of his patients are wondering what to do about a breast implant linked to a rare cancer that’s being recalled worldwide. The Food and Drug Administration announced a global recall of a textured breast implant made by Allergan that’s been linked to anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, a rare cancer of the immune system. Worldwide 573 cases and 33 deaths from the cancer have been reported. The devices were effectively banned in Europe last year.

            In the video, Dr. Korentager talks about who’s at risk, and whether women should be in a rush to get the implants removed. He explains what he’s been seeing in his practice and what he’s telling patients about the risk. He stresses that the cancer linked to the small number of cancer cases is not a recurrence of breast cancer. He also talks about the kinds of implants he recommends to his patients. The video also includes shots of various types of breast implants.