Study links implants to diseases
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.