Textured breast implants linked to cancer are still being used in both the U.S. and Canada. The breast implants are still allowed in North America, despite undergoing several reviews from Health Canada, which issued an official warning about the dangers of the product back in 2011.
A North Bay, Ontario woman, is now suing her implant-maker after undergoing surgery back in 2009. The woman whose name is Terri McGregor was unaware at the time of her procedure that she would be risking cancer, according to CTV News.
McGregor found out that she had cancer during a routine check-up. “I couldn’t believe that I had a medical device in me that could cause cancer that I didn’t know about,” McGregor said during an interview with CTV.
McGregor has since undergone four rounds of chemotherapy and stem cell transplants in her battle against her cancer, which she believes was caused in part by the manufactures failure to warn her.
As of January 1st, 2019, 22 confirmed cases and 22 suspected cases of BIA-ALCL, a rare type of lymphoma, have been reported In Canada, Health Canada reports. Although BIA-ALCL is the direct result of the implant being inserted into the patients’ breast, it is not breast cancer. It is an accumulation of seroma fluid which wedges itself between the implant and the tissue that surrounds it.
Health Canada’s initial review into the issue back in 2017 discovered that BIA-ALCL cases were rare, with only 5 cases confirmed in Canada being reported over the past decade. However, a growing awareness by the public and healthcare professionals has led to the discovery and reporting of more cases, which has once again caused concern over the product.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, patients are now being told to research their implants thoroughly before committing to surgery. Those looking to receive implants are being informed to get them at their own risk and to come to terms with the inherent dangers of the costly operation.