Seattle Plastic Surgery Center

No Link Between Implants and Breast Cancer

An Orlando plastic surgeon recently outlined the status of modern breast cancer treatments and the efforts of the medical community to minimize its adverse effects through reconstruction and prevention. Dr. Richard Bosshardt writes that society’s value of the breast is an ancient phenomenon since historically, many people have viewed them as symbolic of “femininity and desirability.” Given this observation, it is easy to realize why the possibility of breast removal or disfigurement can be so scary. Many women know to focus on prevention and are aware of the breast cancer statistics, but aren’t informed about positive developments on the horizon. New information shared by Dr. Bosshardt in the Orlando Sentinel suggests that ‘genetic markers’ have become excellent risk indicators, narrowing the search for a definite cause. Also, he notes that breast implants, bras and high-fat diets have never been shown to increase the risk of cancer. Doctors have finally begun practicing “breast conservation” rather than outright breast removal and reconstruction has become more sophisticated than ever with patients often looking better as an end result. The article can be viewed here.