Friday, May 15, 2009

Plastic Surgery - Do Silicone Breast Implants Cause Cancer?

This is a question that I have been asked over and over again.

It was very prevalent during the time when there was a significant amount of controversy concerning silicone implants and possible medical conditions arising because of them.

There is a new study published in the “International Journal of Cancer” that suggests women with silicone breast implants have a LOWER risk for breast cancer.

The analysis included 6,222 women in Sweden and Denmark, 80% of whom had silicone implants and this study represents the longest follow-up of women with breast implants to date. 85% of the women were followed for over 10 years and 50% for more than 15 years.

Based on general population rates the researchers expected 115.62 women out of this study group to have breast cancer but only 84 cases developed. This is statistically significant. Further research, I’m sure, will be done on the potential for silicone implants to possibly have a beneficial effect in warding off breast cancer.

For more information about breast implants, visit Dr. Brueck's web site at


Blogger Dr. Robert Brueck, MD FACS said...

Thanks, R. Wallis -

There is a lot of dubious information out there. We need to rely on fact and research findings. Otherwise everyone has their own version, to the detriment of good choices.

May 19, 2009 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

Dr. Brueck, question for you....I have what you call a leftover 'mask of pregnancy'. My forehead is no longer a normal skin color since the birth of my daughter 15 months ago. Is there anything that can be done for such a problem? Thanks!

May 22, 2009 at 5:13 AM  

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