National Center for Health Research
Your Guide to Breast Implants & Your Health


Breast Implant Info Project: Insurance

BIA-ALCL (Cancer Caused by some types of Breast Implants)
Textured breast implants and expanders can cause a specific type of cancer called Breast Implant
Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA ALCL). This is a cancer of the immune system that
begins in or near the scar tissue that forms around a breast implant.

Because of this risk, patients should know whether they have ever had a textured breast implant or
implant expander.

There are many different types and brands of textured breast implants. All tear-drop shaped breast
implants are textured. Some round breast implants are textured. The risk of BIA ALCL applies to all
textured breast implants or expanders even though the level of risk for each may be different.
Patients should know the signs and symptoms of BIA ALCL. Many of these symptoms are similar to non-
cancerous breast implant complications or other health conditions. For this reason, any change in the
way a breast looks or feels should be evaluated for BIA ALCL by a knowledgeable doctor. If you have
imaging, your doctor and radiologist should be informed of your risk for BIA ALCL so signs of the disease
will be recognized.

Do not assume a doctor is knowledgeable about BIA ALCL. BIA ALCL is an emerging disease and
knowledge is changing rapidly. Educate yourself about BIA ALCL, ask questions, and explore resources
to help you identify a truly informed doctor.​​

BIA-ALCL Website (Patient Created)

World Consensus Conference on BIA-ALCL



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FDA Breast Implants

Medical Device Reports for Systemic Symptoms in Women with Breast Implants

FDA 7 Things You Should Know About Breast Implants
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

FDA Updates Analysis of Medical Device Reports of Breast Implant Illness and Breast Implant-Associated Lymphoma | FDA August 20, 2020

FDA 8/20/20 - Medical Device Reports for Systemic Symptoms in Women with Breast Implants

FDA 5/18/20 Warning letter to Allergan and Ideal

FDA 5/18/20 Warning letter to Allergan

FDA 5/18/20 Warning letter to Ideal

FDA 5/14/20 - FDA issues warning letters to two breast implant manufacturers as part of ongoing efforts to protect patients


FDA 3/18/19 Warning Letter to Mentor and Sientra Manufacturers

FDA 3/18/19 Warning Letter to Mentor

FDA 3/18/19 Warning Letter to Sientra

FDA 3/25/19 - General and Plastic Devices Panel Meeting Day 1- 8:45 Hours

FDA 3/26/19 - General and Plastic Devices Panel Meeting Day 2- 8:50 Hours  



Impant Files


6/1/20- Allergan Aesthetics Launches Dedicated Multi-Channel Campaign To Contact Patients Who May Not Be Aware Of The BIOCELL® Recall And To Improve Tracking Information For U.S. Breast Implant Patients

4/12/20 Do Some Surgical Implants Do More Harm Than Good?

Jerome Groopman

3/25/19 - FDA Kept Hundreds of Thousands of Breast Implant Incidents Hidden From Public

Sasha Chavkin

11/26/18 - Breast Implant Injuries Kept Hidden As New Health Threats Surface 

Sasha Chavkin



5/29/20 - Bilateral breast implant-associated chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL): A case report

Patrick P. Bletsis, Laura E. Janssen, Otto Visser, Saskia R. Offerman, Michiel A. Tellier, Laurens Laterveer, and Peter Houptb

4/15/20 - Interleukin 17 and senescent cells regulate the foreign body response to synthetic material implants in mice and humans

Liam Chung, David R. Maestas Jr., Andriana Lebid, Ashlie Mageau, Gedge D. Rosson, Xinqun Wu1, Matthew T. Wolf, Ada J. Tam, Isabel Vanderzee, Xiaokun Wang, James I. Andorko, Hong Zhang, Radhika Narain, Kaitlyn Sadtler, Hongni Fan, Daniela Čiháková, Claude Jourdan Le Saux, Franck Housseau, Drew M. Pardoll, and ProfileJennifer H. Elisseeff

1/11/20 - 21-year-old silicone breast implants causing recurrent pneumonia, chest pain and coughing

9/13/18 - Largest-Ever Study Shows Silicone Breast Implants Associated with Rare Diseases

2017-2020 - 20 Publications with various topics involving breast implants

5/2017 - Autoinflammatory Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants (ASIA) Syndrome is Misguided

Arthur E. Brawer, M.D.

4/28/14 - Five-year Safety Data for Eurosilicone’s Round and Anatomical Silicone Gel Breast Implants


James M. Anderson,  Analiza Rodriquez, David T. Chang

1996 - Laboratory Studies in Breast Implant Patients: ANA Positivity, Gammaglobulin Levels, and Other Autoantibodies

R. I. Lewy, E. Ezrailson

2/1/89 - Silicone in the liver: possible late effects.

J Hunt, M J Farthing, L R Baker, P R Crocker, D A Levison

Dr. Kappel and Dr. Dijkman

2/9/16 - Gel Bleed and Rupture of Silicone Breast Implants Investigated by Light-, Electron Microscopy and Energy Dispersive X-ray Analysis of Internal Organs and Nervous Tissue

R.M. Kappel, L.L. Boer, and H. Dijkman

Dr. Lu-Jean Feng

7/2020 - Understanding Breast Implant Illness, Before and After Explantation

Wee, Corinne E. MD; Younis, Joseph BS; Isbester, Kelsey BS; Smith, Arvin BS; Wangler, Brooke; Sarode, Anuja L. MPHb; Patil, Nirav MBBS, MPH; Grunzweig, Katherine MD; Boas, Samuel BS; Harvey, Donald J. MD; Kumar, Anand R. MD; Feng, Lu-Jean MD,_before_and.19.aspx


3/25/19 FDA panel hears from women who say breast implants aren't safe

11/14/19 - Breast Implant Illness Awareness 4k Part 1

11/15/19 - Breast Implant Illness Awareness 4K Part 2