Breast Augmentation and Breast Cancer Risk
There has been much talk about breast augmentation and breast cancer risk. Several studies have tried to look at the relationship between breast implants and breast cancer. There has not been any relationship ever established in regards to breast augmentation and breast cancer, whether saline or silicone implants were used. With respect to breast cancer screening and mammograms, implants placed behind the muscle do not interfere with the screening exam. Some would argue that they may in fact enhance the detection of breast lesions as the breast implant makes it easier to visualize the breast tissue. The mammogram technician needs to be informed that you have breast implants in place and they will perform a maneuver to displace the implant to allow visualization of the breast tissue. This technique is called Eklund’s maneuver. Breast augmentation specialist, Dr. Esmailian, can discuss this further with you during a complimentary consultation.