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article imageStudy: Breast implants increase death risk in cancer patients

By Marcus Hondro     May 1, 2013 in Health
Canadian researchers found women with breast implants who develop breast cancer have a higher risk of detection being delayed and much larger risk of dying from the disease. The study looked at data from other studies to draw their conclusions.
The study, Breast cancer detection and survival among women with cosmetic breast implants, examined 17 studies to come to conclusions. Dr. Dean Fergusson, a senior scientist the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and Dr. Eric Lavigne, an epidemiologist at the Universite de Laval, were two of the authors of the study.
Breast implants raises danger in cancer patients
In one aspect of their study, they looked at 12 other studies on breast cancer and found that women with breast implants who developed breast cancer were 26 percent more likely to have their cancer diagnosed later than women who developed breast cancer and did not have breast implants.
In the study's other aspect, the researchers looked at death rate numbers between women who had breast augmentation and women who did not who developed breast cancer. Here, upon examining 5 studies, they found women with breast implants had a 38 percent higher chance of going on to die of their disease.
"This systematic review suggests that women with cosmetic breast implants have later-stage tumours at diagnosis of breast cancer," the study concludes. "In our second meta-analysis, the results show a higher risk of breast-cancer specific mortality among women with breast cancer who have implants compared with women with breast cancer without implants."
The study cautioned, however, that the number of studies they looked at to draw their conclusions was relatively small and they called for more work to be done in this area.
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