Valley plastic surgeon speaks about breast implant advisory

The Food & Drug Administration has issued an advisory to inform health care practitioners and the public about a possible association between breast implants and Anaplastic large cell lymphoma.

Docotors say anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) is not to be confused with breast cancer.

Although ALCL is extremely rare, the FDA believes that women with breast implants may have a very small but increased risk of developing the condition.

Action 4 News spoke with local plastic surgeon Dr. Luis Rios Jr. about the recent advisory.

Doctor Rios says he will be informing his patients that this is something being studied.

The FDA has reviewed data and found a handful of cases of women with ALCL, while the women do have breast implants, the numbers are small.

"Thirty-four cases out of 10 million means that probably a plastic surgeon is not going to see this in their lifetime of practice", said Doctor Rios.

However, women could develop symptoms.

"The types of symptoms that we TMre looking for are maybe some swelling in the breast maybe some pain, maybe some stiffness," Rios said. "Just because someone has some of these symptoms doesn't mean they have this process, but it would mean maybe you would like to see your plastic surgeon and get it evaluated."

Doctor Rios adds if women do develop symptoms they will come later, not weeks or months after implants, but years.

Doctor Rios tells Action 4 News women shouldn't panic and right now it's about finding out if there's even a connection with the implants and lymphoma in the first place.

"We don't know the exact association we don't know the exact incidents, we don't even know if there's a cause and effect yet," Rios said. "We just want to collect the data so that we can have the science come before the hysteria."