Q. I just heard that you can have cancer from breast implants. Is that true?
A. There is a type of cancer associated with breast implants, but breast cancer is not associated with higher rates due to the implants. If this sounds confusing, let me explain.
Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is a non-breast cancer that is associated with a specific type of breast implant. Breast implants come in different sizes and shapes, and they’re made up of different materials.
While many people think silicone was a major factor in the many problems women faced with implants, almost all implants have silicone. Even saline implants have a silicone cover.