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Dispute Over Cancer Tied to Breast Implants

Posted Date: February 18, 2011

In an online seminar, the leader of a plastic surgeons’ group urged other doctors to avoid words like cancer and tumor.

When talking to patients about a rare type of cancer linked to breast implants—anaplastic large call lymphoma or ALCL—plastic surgeons should call it “a condition” and avoid using the words cancer, tumor, disease or malignancy, the president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons advised members during an online seminar on Feb. 3, 2011. The FDA has reported that, “women with implants may have a very small, but increased risk of developing anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or ALCL.”

>>Read more about this story in the New York Times

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