BIA – ALC
Breast Implant Associated – Acute Large Cell Lymphoma Disclosure
What we Know:
This is not a true breast cancer, but a lymphoma – almost all can be “cured” by removal of scar tissue and implant. Rarely chemotherapy.
Your lifetime risk of developing ALCL is 1 for every 30,000 implants
The most common presentation is a late fluid accumulation around an implant.
The average time from implant surgery to presentation is 8 years.
There have been a few deaths from people who ignored the symptoms for prolonged periods
The risk of dying from disease is 1 in every 1,500,000 (Australia)
13,000 x more likely in car accident, 10 x more likely from lightening