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Breast Implants Increase Death Risk of Cancer Patients by 40 Percent

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A recent study suggests that women with breast implants have a 26 percent higher chance of being diagnosed with later stages of breast cancer, and a 38 percent greater risk of dying from the disease.

Researchers do not believe the cancer is caused by the breast implants, but rather, the implants make it much more difficult to view breast tissue with mammography.

They believe the higher risk of death in breast cancer patients with breast implants is due to them being diagnosed at a later stage.

"The research published to date suggests that cosmetic breast augmentation adversely affects the survival of women who are subsequently diagnosed as having breast cancer," the research team wrote. 

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But they said the findings should be interpreted with "caution," as some studies included in the meta-analysis might have scientific shortcomings.

Plastic surgeon Fazel Fatah said, "This paper does raise however the important issue of possible problems with early diagnosis of localized breast cancer in some women who have breast implants due to difficulty with mammography. Further studies are required to see if other forms of breast scanning, such as MRI, could be preferable to mammography in women who have breast implants."

Britain's Breast Cancer Campaign said they need "further robust research before" they can say for certain that breast implants impact survival or that women with them would benefit from different screening techniques.

It is estimated that one in eight women in America will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point.

There are about 1.38 million new cases and 458,000 deaths from breast cancer every year.

Sources: Raw Story, Digital Journal