Women ask FDA to ban certain breast implants

Women on Monday asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban certain breast implants that they say can lead to cancer.

The FDA is holding hearings on the safety of textured breast implants amid evidence that the implants can lead to a form of cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphom (BIA-ALCL). 

According to NBC News, 457 women in the U.S. have been diagnosed with BIA-ALCL and each of the cases has been linked to textured breast implants. The textured implant is meant to keep implants from slipping and to minimize scar tissue, according to the Associated Press.

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One woman, Dawn Criss of Alberta, Canada, said Monday that she suffered from symptoms including chronic fatigue, rash and itching and hair loss after she got the implants, according to NBC News. She was later diagnosed with BIA-ALCL and on Monday urged the FDA to ban textured breast implants.

“Cancer was not a choice,” she said, according to NBC News. “And we sure as heck didn’t elect to get it.”

Another woman, Jennifer Cook of Georgia, said Monday that she was "blindsided" and did not receive warning from her doctors ahead of her surgery that she could develop cancer.

According to the AP, however, the majority of the panelists at Monday's hearing said it was too soon to ban the implants. The panelists included plastic surgeons and cancer experts, per the AP.

“I think a knee jerk reaction of just pulling something without knowing what the replacement will be might get us into more trouble," said Karla Ballman, a biostatistician at New York’s Weill Cornell School of Medicine.

But one panelist, Roberta Brummert, said the implants present "so much of a risk that they need to be taken off the market," the AP reported.