The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has made regulatory changes to improve the safety of breast implants and tissue expanders sold in Australia. Information is available on the TGA website, including the current status of breast implant devices.
Why has the TGA taken this action?
- Certain types of breast implants and tissue expanders may lead to a higher risk of developing a rare form of cancer known as Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). BIA-ALCL is a rare cancer of the immune system.
- BIA-ALCL is not a typical breast cancer. Breast cancer forms from cells in the breast. BIA-ALCL grows in the fluid and scar tissue that forms around a breast implant. Sometimes, BIA-ALCL can form a lump in the breast or armpit.
What do I need to do?
- Be breast aware. Check your breasts regularly for changes. Try to factor this into your weekly routine.
- Know the symptoms. The BIA-ACLC symptoms to look for are swelling in one or both breasts, or a lump in the breast or armpit.
- Consult with your GP or surgeon. If you notice changes in your breasts or experience any of the symptoms of BIA-ACLC, talk to your general practitioner (GP) or surgeon.
- Breast implant-associated cancer (BIA-ALCL) is rare. If you have not had any problems with the implant, experts DO NOT recommend its removal.
- Testing for BIA-ALCL is ONLY RECOMMENDED if symptoms of BIA-ALCL are present.
The TGA has provided more information for consumers on their website: