Research suggests no breast implant cancer link

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New research published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has suggested that breast implants play no role in overall risks of cancer.

Previous research into the issue has proved inconclusive.

Researchers from the International Epidemiology Institute in Rockville in the USA examined records of 3,486 Swedish women who received breast implants between 1965 and 1993 and whose health was traced until 2002.

"There are many reasons why women may choose to have breast implants and this new study is reassuring for all women who have had them," said Hazel Nunn of Cancer Research UK.

"It is very important for all women to be breast aware and those over the age of 50 should attend screening when invited.

"However we do know that breast implants can interfere with regular breast screening, so it is important that women with breast implants tell their radiographer that they have implants to ensure the best possible x-ray is taken," she added.

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