Information for Members of the Press

A primary goal of the National Center for Health Research is to provide accurate, understandable research-based information to the media. As we collect and analyze scientific studies on the safety of breast implants, we share our findings through press statements and interviews. Statements and press updates are posted on our website as they are released. In addition, we encourage members of the media to sign up to receive our press releases by emailing us with your name, media affiliation, and contact information.

In the News

Breast Implants Causing Cancer
WJMN Local 3 News, September 8, 2017

Former Playmate of the Year on Removing Breast Implants
AZ Family, May 4, 2017

What If Ryan Gets His Wish and Trumpcare Becomes Law
MedPage Today, March 14, 2017

Trump’s FDA Nominee Spurs Concerns About Drug Approvals, Off-Label Promotion
Bloomberg BNA: March 14, 2017

Can having breast implants lead to suicide? 7 On Your Side investigates
ABC7, February 9, 2017

After years of criticism, FDA tries to step up oversight of medical devices
ConsumerAffairs, October 27, 2016

Feds to crack down on those who fail to report clinical trials
Politico Pro, September 16, 2016

Crystal Hefner Shares the Health Problems that Breast Implants Can Pose
Forbes, July 24, 2016

Crystal Hefner Removes Breast Implants, Says They ‘Slowly Poisoned’ Her
The Huffington Post Canada, July 21, 2016

11 Ways Your Breasts Can Change in Your 20s & 30s
Bustle, July 5, 2016

Stephanie March Opens Up About Breast Augmentation Health Scare
ABC News, June 30, 2016

Janice Dickinson Regrets Getting Breast Implants, Believes It Affected Cancer Diagnosis
Medical Daily, May 21, 2016

Why we shouldn’t trade a weakened FDA for more medical research funds
STAT, May 17, 2016

Experts Decry Tying Medical Research Funds to FDA Standards Changes
Wall Street Journal, May 12, 2016

Breast Implants, Self-Esteem, Quality of Life, and the Risk of Suicide
Women’s Health Issues, April 2016

Device recalls surge in recent years, prompting question: Why?
General Surgery News, April 12, 2016

FDA to shift clinical evidence for medical devices toward postmarket
Medical Design Technology, April 4, 2016

Possible drug risks buried in delayed FDA ‘Watch Lists’
Medscape Medical News, March 29, 2016

Senate approves FDA’s ‘breakthrough pathway’ for medical devices
Health Care Business, March 23, 2016

Senate committee approves legislation to speed approval of medical devices
The Wall Street Journal, March 9, 2016.

FDA Aims To Speed Clinical Trials, Improve Device Safety Through Post-Market Evaluation, But Funding A Hurdle
Inside Health Policy, February 16, 2016

FDA to Create Early Warning System for Medical Devices
Medscape, December 31, 2015

Senate Counterpart to 21st Century Cures bill is struggling
Politico, October 25, 2015

Psst! Industry has taken over FDA
Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry, September 17, 2015

21st Century Cures drug bill triggers a DC dust-up over relaxed development regs
Fierce Biotech, July 10, 2015

House overwhelmingly passes 21st Century Cures Act
Modern Health Care, July 10, 2015

House overwhelmingly passes bill to speed FDA drug approvals
The Washington Post, July 10, 2015

Will the 21st Century Cures Bill Lower Standards for Some Drug Approvals?
Wall Street Journal, May 29, 2015

Bill to Speed Approvals for Drugs Is Cut Back
New York Times, April 30, 2015

What Do Stakeholders Think Of FDA’s Latest Effort To Get Patients Timelier Access To Devices?
Bloomberg BNA, April 10, 2015

Breast Implants In France To Carry Cancer Warning: Researchers Find A ‘Clearly Established Link’
Medical Daily, March 18, 2015

FDA knew of design flaw in scope linked to UCLA superbug
LA Times, February 19, 2015

Candidate to Lead FDA Has Close Ties to Big Pharma
Time, February 19, 2015

Keep the Medical Device Tax
The New York Times, February 13, 2015

Angelina Jolie’s Decision
Huffington Post, May 16, 2013

The rising trend of breast implants in America
BBC, April 3, 2013

Women’s health advocates question FDA about missing safety data on silicone breast implants
Associated Press, January 5, 2012

Consumer group questions review of breast implants
USAToday, January 5, 2012

Insight: Breast implant scandal shows regulators in dark on risk
Reuters, December 29, 2011

FDA Breast Implant Safety Studies Will Continue
WebMD, August 31, 2011

FDA Affirms Safety of Breast Implants
New York Times, August 31, 2011

FDA concludes silicone breast implants mostly safe
Associated Press, June 22, 2011

New silicone breast implants appear to be safe, FDA says
Washington Post, June 22, 2011

25 Reasons Not to Get Breast Implants
Huffington Post, February 1, 2011

FDA explores possible link between breast implants, cancer
Los Angeles Times, January 26, 2011

FDA review indicates possible association between breast implants and a rare cancer
Food & Drug Administration, January 26, 2011

Breast implants, plastic surgery, and Hollywood
Fem 2.0 Episode 26, June 22, 2010

In F.D.A. Files, Claims of Rush to Approve Devices
New York Times, January 13, 2009

Plastic Surgery for Teens
Los Angeles Times, January 12, 2009

The Price of Beauty: Some Hidden Choices in Breast Reconstruction
New York Times, December 23, 2008

Articles in Medical Journals

Letter to the Editor: Next steps for breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma
Published in the Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, June 16, 2014

Reasonably Safe? Breast Implants and Informed Consent
Published in Reproductive Health Matters, May 2010

Teenagers and Cosmetic Surgery: Focus on Breast Augmentation and Liposuction
Published in Journal of Adolescent Health, October 2008

Reconstructive Breast Implantation After Mastectomy
Published in Archives of Surgery, July 2006

Breast Implant Information and Policy

Silicone: Now a solid ‘maybe’

Breast Implants: A Research and Regulatory Summary

What Does the Institute of Medicine Report Say About the Safety of Silicone Breast Implants?

Teens and Breast Implants

What You Don’t Know About Breast Implants

Congressional Testimony, June 12, 2007

Statement of Diana Zuckerman Regarding FDA Legislation Before the Subcommittee on Energy and Commerce

FDA & Breast Implants

Summary of the Safety and Benefits of Mentor Silicone Breast Implants

The FDA & Breast Implants

Canadian Parliament Review of Breast Implants

Invited Testimony of Diana Zuckerman, PhD, Before the Standing Committee on Health, Canadian Parliament, Ottawa, June 8, 2006

Unedited Transcript of the hearing on breast implants, Standing Committee on Health, Canadian Parliament, Ottawa, June 8, 2006

Press Releases

New research shows that a cancer caused by breast implants could be more serious, and even fatal, than originally thought (see our summary of the study here).  The Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund published a letter expressing concerns over timely and accessible treatment for patients.  Read a summary of the letter here.
June 19, 2014

New Research Links Breast Augmentation to Breast Cancer Deaths
May 1, 2013

Breast implants as therapy? Not so much.
April 11, 2013

Perfecting Bodies Through Chemistry?
February 22, 2013

Statement of Dr. Diana Zuckerman on FDA Approval of new Silicone-Gel Filled Breast Implant Natrelle 410
February 21, 2013

News Archives

Bio For Diana Zuckerman, Ph.D.