A recent FierceBiotech article discussed new kinds of cancer that are linked to breast implants, according to the FDA. Since 2011, the agency has been tracking breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (aka BIA-ALCL). Now, it has found varieties of cancer linked to the scar tissue that forms around the implants. This includes squamous cell carcinoma and a range of lymphomas. These were detected through the FDA’s “postmarket analyses of scientific literature, medical device reports, real-world safety data and collaborations with industry stakeholders.”
However, the cases are infrequent; less than 20 cases of squamous cell carcinoma and less than 30 cases of the lymphomas have been attributed to the scar tissue.