The Food And Drug Administration in the US has reported that nine deaths have been attributed to the most popular form of plastic surgery.
Breast implants are now being linked to an extremely rare form of cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). It is often found in the areas surround the breast implant and affect cells in the immune system. Even though it typically occurs in the breast, it isn't a type of breast cancer.
"All of the information to date suggests that women with breast implants have a very low but increased risk of developing ALCL compared to women who do not have breast implants," according to the FDA.
As of February 1st the FDA has received 359 reports of possible breast implant-associated cancer cases.
Over the last six years the FDA has been instigating the connection between breast implants and ALCL. They have found that most of the cancer cases affect those with textured surfaces on their implants as opposed to a smooth surface.
This form of cancer is described as slow-growing and treatable when detected early. Some of the early signs of breast cancer include fluid buildup, hardening or a mass around the implants or swelling and redness around the implant.
The FDA advises that people who have had breast implants should continue to do routine screens and mammograms as recommended by doctors.