Increase in breast implant-associated cancer cases

Five new cases of a rare lymphoma linked to breast implants have been announced by the TGA, bringing the total to 51 patients Australia-wide.

Three Australian women have died from breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL) in the past 10 years, according to an update posted by the regulator.

All the cases of the unusual form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma occurred in women with textured or polyurethane implants and not with smooth implants, according to the TGA.

The TGA says current expert opinion puts the risk of ALCL at between one in 1000 and one in 10,000 women