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J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2007;60(10):1127-35. Epub 2007 Jul 5.

Breast cancer following augmentation mammoplasty - a review of its impact on prognosis and management.

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Department of Surgery, Leeds General Infirmary, Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3EX, UK.


The incidence of breast cancer in women with implants is increasing and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future due to the marked increase in breast implant insertion in recent years. Undoubtedly many of these women will wish to know whether the presence of implants worsens the prognosis of their breast cancer. Furthermore, the clinical management of such patients may be difficult, as aesthetic results are likely to be a major concern for women who have already undergone cosmetic surgery to the breast. There is no consensus on surgical approach to this scenario. This article reviews the literature on the prognosis of breast cancer patients with a history of augmentation mammoplasty and examines the available data regarding their surgical treatment.

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