Study links im­plants to dis­eases

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - HEALTHY LIVING -

PLAS­TIC may not be so fan­tas­tic.

A large new anal­y­sis has found that sil­i­cone breast im­plants are as­so­ci­ated with a host of se­ri­ous dis­eases and com­pli­ca­tions, but some reg­u­la­tors say the find­ings are flawed.

The study, led by a team at the Uni­ver­sity of Texas MD An­der­son Can­cer Cen­tre in Hous­ton, looked at data from more than 100,000 breast-im­plant re­cip­i­ents who re­ceived the im­plants be­tween 2007 and 2010.

Com­pared with peo­ple in the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion, those with sil­i­cone im­plants are eight times more likely to de­velop Sjo­gren’s syn­drome, seven times more likely to de­velop scle­ro­derma and six times more likely to de­velop rheuma­toid arthri­tis. Me­lanoma is four times more com­mon, and the like­li­hood of preg­nancy end­ing in still­birth is 4.5 times higher.

But the FDA – which reg­u­lates breast im­plants – quickly fired back with a pointed re­but­tal.

“We re­spect­fully dis­agree with the au­thors’ con­clu­sions,” writes Dr Binita Ashar, direc­tor of the agency’s Di­vi­sion of Sur­gi­cal De­vices, cit­ing poor method­ol­ogy and po­ten­tial bias.

HIGH RISK? The study as­so­ciates im­plants with sev­eral dis­eases.

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