Implants slow cancer identification


Breast implants may delay cancer diagnosis in women, said a study Wednesday that urged a thorough probe into the potential health risks of this type of cosmetic surgery.

In a review of 12 earlier studies of breast cancer patients, epidemiologists in Canada found that women with implants had a 26 percent higher risk of being diagnosed at a later stage of the disease.

This was possibly because implants cast shadows on mammograms, blocking the view of breast tissue.

A separate review of five other studies showed that women with implants also had a 38 percent greater risk of death from breast cancer, said the authors — likely due to the later diagnosis.