Published Newspaper/Magazine Articles and Interviews

  • 29-Year-Old Fitness Model Gets Breast Implants Removed after She Says the Silicone Gave Her Seven Years of ‘Brain Fog, Bald Spots and Rashes’ Daily Mail, December 2018. A young fitness blogger gets breast implants and her health deteriorated dramatically. Two weeks after her explant, she is already recovering from her symptoms. NCHR president explains that this is a risk for all women, and especially those with a family history or personal history of autoimmune or connective tissue diseases.
  • Why Are So Many American Women Having Mastectomies? Our Bodies Ourselves, June 15, 2017. A 2016 study of more than 37,000 women with early-stage breast cancer found that the women undergoing lumpectomies were more likely to be alive 10 years later than women with the same diagnosis who underwent a single or bilateral (double) mastectomy.
  • Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer Our Bodies Ourselves, March 28, 2017. The FDA now says that breast implants can cause a type of lymphoma (cancer of the immune system) called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), although this link has been seen by experts since as early as 2010.
  • Angelina Jolie’s Decision Huffington Post, May 16, 2013. Did Angelina Jolie make the right decision? And should that influence other women? Our president Dr. Diana Zuckerman explains why Angelina’s risk of breast cancer is lower than she was told and what the implications are for you.
  • Breast Implants as Therapy? Not So Much Fem 2.0, April 11, 2013. More than 300,000 teens and women in the U.S. decide to get breast implants every year.  To hear them talk about it, you’d think they were getting therapy instead of surgery.  They almost never say “I want larger breasts” (or even “I want better boobs.”)
  • Perfecting Bodies Through Chemistry? Fem 2.0, February 23, 2013. Do you like your body? If there was a simple way to change it, with no risks, would you do it? If making that change meant you would put your health at risk and have multiple surgeries for the rest of your life, would you hesitate?
  • Safe Enough? The Washington Times, August 28, 2005. How safe need an implant be before the Food and Drug Administration decides it is “safe enough” for a surgeon to put it in your body? The answer may surprise you.
  • Breast Implants: A Woman’s Choice, But a Safe Choice? Fox News, April 25, 2005. This article provides a summary of some of the safety concerns associated with breast implants.
  • A Split Decision on Breast Implants The Washington Times, October 26, 2003. This article discusses the safety of silicone gel breast implants.
  • Hype in Health Reporting Extra!, September/October 2002. This article discusses the dangers of “checkbook science” to consumers and patients.
  • The Breast Cancer Information Gap RN Magazine, February, 2002. Thanks to early detection, three out of four American women who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer can safely choose breast-conserving surgery rather than mastectomy. For those who choose a partial or complete removal of a breast, many patients consider whether or not to undergo breast reconstruction with implants.
  • Calling for Informed Consent on Silicone Gel Implants or an End to Sales Women, Cancer, and Community, March 2001. The sale of silicone gel-filled implants without requiring long-term safety data is dangerous.
  • Breast Implants: What You Must Know McCall’s, February 2001. This article provides a summary of what patients should know before considering breast implants.
  • Women Can’t Count on the FDA Los Angeles Times, June 15, 2000. The Food and Drug Administration is known worldwide for having the most rigorous safety standards. Unfortunately, it lowered its standard last month when it approved saline-filled silicone breast implants.
  • The Role of FDA on Breast Implants – Watchdog or Grandma? Knight Ridder Newswire, May 2000. This article discusses the FDA’s decision to approve saline-filled silicone breast implants.
  • Breast Cancer Research and Patient Education Haven’t Gone Far Enough Detroit Free Press, December 1, 1999. There is room for improvement regarding breast cancer research and patient education, with the goal of improving early detection of breast cancer.
  • When The Subject is Breast Implants, How Much Information is Enough? Knight Ridder Newswire, July 1999. Breast implants have been incorrectly given something resembling a “clean bill of health” by the media, in response to a recent Institute of Medicine report.