WASHINGTON - U.S. government health officials are investigating a possible link between breast implants and a very rare form of cancer after reviewing a handful of cases reported over the last 13 years.
The cancer, known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma, attacks the lymph nodes and skin and has been reported in the scar tissue which grows around the implant after it is inserted. The Food and Drug Administration is asking doctors to report all cases of the cancer so the agency can better understand the association.
The agency is aware of just 60 cases of the disease worldwide among the estimated 5 million to 10 million women with breast implants.
Breast implants come in saline and silicone-gel filled formulations. The devices are marketed in the U.S. by Allergan Inc. and Mentor Corp.
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