Research identifying a possible link between a rare form of cancer and a specific type of breast implant has been reported in both The Times and The Independent recently.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) has found that 25 women who have received textured breast implants since 2011 have developed anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). Two of those women have died.

Anaplastic large cell lymphoma is a type of blood cancer which develops when white blood cells which make up part of the immune system multiply without control. It is an aggressive form of cancer which requires rapid treatment.

The MHRA has been monitoring incidences of ALCL in women who have received textured breast implants since deaths of women in the United States seemed to be linked to the surgical procedure.

Professor James Frame of Anglia Ruskin University is quoted as saying, “This cancer is a potential bombshell that has been swept under the carpet for five years.”

He further commented that the use of textured implants should be banned.

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