A woman's diagnosis with a rare form of cancer, traditionally linked to breast implants, has been blamed on the buttock implants she received one year prior to her diagnosis. According to a new report, the case marks the first time that anaplastic large cell lymphoma has been tied to buttock implants. The U.S. FDA has identified more than 450 cases of this cancer linked to breast implants but, before now, none linked to buttock implants.
In a letter to doctors, nurses and other health professionals, the FDA has issued a warning concerning a rare cancer linked to breast implants. The cancer, known as breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, usually forms in scar tissue that forms around implants. However, it should be noted that the disease is not breast cancer. The FDA warning applies to all types of breast implants, both saline and silicone.