Making Your Decision

  • The Breast Implant Working Group’s Breast Implant Black Box Warning and Patient Checklist We are urging the FDA to include a black box warning about the risks of cancer and other serious health problems for women considering breast implants. We are also urging the FDA to require a Checklist to be read and signed by all patients, to make sure they are aware of the many risks of breast implants.
  • Breast Implants After Mastectomy: Risks You Need to Know The complication rate for getting breast implants after mastectomy has been described by experts as “alarmingly high and arguably unacceptable.” One study found that 46% of reconstruction patients needed additional surgery within the first 2 to 3 years after getting silicone gel breast implants. In addition, it is now known that breast implants can cause a type of cancer of the immune system called ALCL (anaplastic large cell lymphoma).
  • Unnecessary Mastectomies: Are Breast Cancer Patients Given Accurate Information About Their Options? Although it’s been known for years that lumpectomy and other breast-saving surgeries are just as effective as mastectomy for patients in the early stages of breast cancer, most of the women who receive an early-stage diagnosis will undergo double mastectomies. Limited information and biased recommendations are undermining breast cancer patients’ choices.