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BCNA News 17 Jul 2019

TGA recommends ban on textured breast implants

UPDATE July 26 2019: We are aware of the many questions women with breast implants have following the announcement of a recommended ban by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. In the above video, CEO Kirsten Pilatti today sat down with Associate Professor Sanjay Warrier, President of BreastSurgANZ, to get some answers. We are closely monitoring this situation and will update here and on our website as soon as any developments occur. All women with textured breast implants are advised to consult their surgeon.

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is advising women with textured breast implants to talk to their surgeon after a recommendation by the Therapeutic Goods Administration to ban a range of textured breast implants.

The recommendation follows the review of an apparent association between Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) and some textured breast implants.

Due to the rarity of BIA-ALCL, health experts do not recommend removal of breast implants where there are no problems with the implant.

Success in curing breast implant-associated lymphoma is high when detected early.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said the government supported the TGA’s proposed action. It will bring Australia in line with France and Canada, which acted in April to remove some textured implants from those markets.

The risk of breast implant-associated lymphoma is rare at between 1-in-1,000 and 1-in-10,000. However, it is essential to take action on the best medical advice.

The ban will not affect all breast implants and refers only to textured breast implants, not the “smooth” forms of breast implants.

BCNA recommends members who notice any sudden changes around their implant, such as new swelling or a lump, should notify their doctor.

Women who have concerns or are unsure if they have textured or smooth implants should contact their surgeon or the hospital where the surgery was performed.

More information is available on the TGA website. Information on the specific brands of implants affected can be found here