Do breast implants cause breast cancer?
The answer to this is simply NO. Silicone breast implants have been used for approximately 50 years, and extensive research has shown that breast implants do not cause or increase the risk of breast cancer. Of course, the reality is that with or without implants, a women’s risk of developing breast cancer is approximately 1 in 10. So it’s important that you undergo normal breast cancer screening as dictated by your age and family history. Furthermore, when having mammograms or ultrasounds, just inform the person doing them that you have implants.
Having implants does not reduce the ability to detect breast cancer through routine screening.
Finally, routine breast self examination should continue monthly and some women would say that having implants can sometimes make breast self examination a little easier.