Allergan Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer
In an informative new video brought to you by The Yost Legal Group, Founding Attorney Tom Yost explains the alarming, established link between Allergan’s popular texturized breast implants and tissue expanders and a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This type of cancer is called Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). Allergan failed to warn women of their products’ link to cancer, and due to their negligence, hundreds of thousands of women are at risk of developing cancer.
Allergan Did Not Complete FDA-Required Studies, Did Not Warn Women About Link to Cancer
Allergan had been required by the FDA to complete safety studies after their product went on the market as a condition of FDA approval. However, they did not complete these tests. When their products’ link to BIA-ALCL was made apparent, Allergan withheld this information and did not inform women of this serious risk.
Instead, patients were offered the Confidence Plus Warranty Program, which would offer free Allergan replacement breast implants. However, in exchange for this warranty program, patients were asked to sign a release of all claims against Allergan. Many patients were unaware of the relinquishment of their rights.
Allergan Breast Implants Responsible for Majority of Reported Breast-Implant Related Cancers
Due to Allergan withholding information about the link to cancer, hundreds of thousands of women are at risk of developing BIA-ALCL. In fact, Allergan products are responsible for more than 80% of reported breast implant-related cancers.
What Are The Symptoms of BIA-ALCL?
- Breast pain and swelling
- Fluid accumulation at the implant site
- Skin rashes
- Lumps or masses
How Long After Surgery Does it Take for BIA-ALCL to Manifest?
It can take years after implant surgery for cancer to develop. It is reported that it can take on average 9 years after the implant surgery for BIA-ALCL to manifest.
What Should You Do if You Have Allergan Implants or Tissue Expanders?
Those with Allergan implants are advised to have continued and frequent cancer screenings. The FDA has advised recipients of these implants against removal surgery unless they have been diagnosed with this cancer or are experiencing symptoms.
The Skilled Defective Products Attorneys at The Yost Legal Group Are Here to Help
If you have received Allergan textured breast implants or tissue expanders and developed BIA-ALCL or have since had them surgically removed, you may be entitled to compensation. At The Yost Legal Group, our team of attorneys will provide you with answers and help recover the best possible compensation for your experience. Contact us today by submitting a contact form online or calling our office toll-free at 800-YOST-LAW today for a free legal consultation.