New research has revealed that infection by bacteria on the surface of textured breast implants may increase women’s risk of developing a rare type of cancer – newly designated as breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).

Previous studies led by Associate Professor Anand Deva of Macquarie University’s Australian School of Advanced Medicine have found that bacteria which live in clumps attached to breast implants (termed biofilm), is a major cause of capsular contracture. Contracture is a painful hardening of the tissue around the implant that can cause physical deformity, pain and is the most common cause for revision surgery following breast augmentation.

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