With Breast Implants After Double Mastectomy, Woman Fears Another Cancer Diagnosis

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"My sister saw it too but didn't want to say anything because she thought it would upset me," Susan said. "I thought to myself: I survived breast cancer and now I'll die with implants."

But call to Dr. Song quickly put Susan's mind at ease.

"I'm basically stating the statistics: 34 to 60 patients in 10 million women with implants got this cancer," Song said. "I think right now it's in the forefront of people's minds because of the media coverage, but we need to make sure people understand the reality of the stats."

Song said the American Society of Plastic Surgeons is working closely with the FDA to investigate the link.

"It is such an exceptionally rare occurrence. But at the same time, it gives us pause to make sure we're doing the right thing for all our patients," Song said. "It's important to get the word out for all surgeons to be on the lookout for this. And I think patients should discuss this with their physicians, who should maintain the current vigilance for detecting cancer."

Susan says she no longer feels anxious about her implants, but she plans to follow up on the FDA's report during annual checkups with her oncologist, internist and Dr. Song.

"I will definitely mention it and say, 'What do I need to do?'" Susan said. "I know it's only rare cases, but I'll still ask what I should do and what I should be referred for to stay on top of it."

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