The committee finds no convincing evidence for atypical connective tissue or rheumatic disease or a novel constellation of signs and symptoms in women with silicone breast implants.
Based on its review of evidence, the committee concludes that the available evidence does not support an association of silicone or silicone breast implants with experimental carcinogenesis, primary or recurrent breast cancer. The committee finds that the evidence for a general neurologic disease or syndrome caused by, or associated with, silicone breast implants is insufficient or flawed.
The committee concludes on the basis of the studies reviewed that evidence for an association of maternal silicone breast implants and children’s health effects is insufficient or flawed. No biologically plausible causation has been suggested. Convincing evidence is available that silicon concentrations in breast milk are the same in mothers with and without breast implants, and thus there are no data to support transmission of silicone to infants in breast milk of mothers with implants.
The committee finds magnetic resonance imaging to be the most accurate imaging modality for the detection of intra-and extracapsular rupture. Mammography is of limited usefulness in detecting implant rupture in women with silicone implants.
For more information, read the Safety of Silicone Breast Implants report.
In January 2016, the United States FDA provided an update to the 2011 safety communication that identified a possible association between breast implants and the development of ALCL, a rare type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. According to the World Health Organization, BI-ALCL is not a breast cancer or cancer of the breast tissue; it is a lymphoma, a cancer of immune cells. Women with breast implants may have a very low, but increased risk of developing ALCL adjacent to a breast implant.
For more information, download Joint ASPS & ASAPS Statement on Breast Implant-Associated ALCL (PDF).
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