Breast implant HRT and cancer risk

There has been a study done of more than one million British women that showed that those who waited five years or more to take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) had little or no increased risk of breast cancer. But those who started it as they entered menopause had a 43% higher risk.

These findings are similar to those of the U.S.-based Women's Health Initiative, which found women who took HRT right at menopause had a 41% higher risk of breast cancer than those who waited.

Using HRT increases your risk of breast cancer. It is important to note that this risk disappears once you stop the medication.

Breast implants can cause a rare form of cancer. There is a small group of women who have developed naplastic large cell lymphoma, or ALCL.

Women need to be aware that there have been reports of ALCL occurring around saline and silicone gel-filled breast implants.

In these reported cases the ALCL was typically diagnosed years after the implant surgery. The women noticed changes in the look or feel of the area surrounding the implant and upon further investigation there were diagnosed with ALCL.