Research has shown that breast implants might have caused you to suffer life-threatening side effects, including pain and even, in some cases, cancer.
Breast Implants Linked to Cancer
After conducting a thorough literature review for 13 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded that breast implants, whether composed of saline or silicone, are linked to Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL), a cancer of the immune system. The FDA issued a breast implant warning in the form of a safety communication on its web site.
ALCL is a rare, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that can appear in lymph nodes, skin, bones, soft tissue, lungs, or the liver. In those with breast implants, the symptoms occur not in the implant but in what’s called the “capsule” behind it. The implant is inserted either behind the breast tissue or the chest muscle, and a fibrous scar (the capsule) normally develops around the implant, separating it from the breast tissue. ALCL occurs around the capsule, not the breast. Women experience the following symptoms:
- collection of fluid
- asymmetric breast size
- hardening of the breast area
- masses surrounding the breast area
The FDA has identified 34 published cases and 60 case reports of ALCL in women with breast implants worldwide. The discrepancy is due to the unknown number of double-counted cases, though some uncounted ones probably exist as well. ALCL appears in 1 woman in 500,000 each year but only 3 women in 100 million develop it in their breasts. By comparison 5 million to 10 million women worldwide have breast implants. Consequently, in September 2011, the FDA decided against issuing a breast implant recall, and the Rottenstein Law Group knows of no breast implant lawsuits or breast implant class action lawsuits related to ALCL.
Allergan and Mentor (a Johnson & Johnson division) control half of the breast implant market. They accounted for 6.5% of Allergan’s 2009 $4.5 billion in earnings, for example. As a result, the FDA is looking into requiring the two companies to conduct more safety studies as well as changing breast implant labeling requirements. The FDA and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons were reportedly joining forces to create a breast implant registry.
RLG’s Lawyers Will Make Things Easier
The process of demanding compensation for the harm you’ve suffered can be complicated, even if it doesn’t seem fair that you should have to go through even more trouble to be made whole again. The lawyers at the Rottenstein Law Group believe that getting satisfaction from the company that harmed you shouldn’t be just more hardship. That’s why we do everything we can to streamline the process, and we will file a breast implant lawsuit on your behalf if necessary.
If you have or had breast implants and experienced one of the above problems, contact RLG today.