breast implant illness

Contributed by Lauren Caccavone

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced a voluntary recall for textured breast implants that have been connected to rare cancer.

Allergan, the manufacturer of a specific type of breast implant, agreed to recall specific models of its textured breast implants from the U.S. market due to the risk of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma.

Contributed (left image), Fabi Lovell (right image)

Jennifer Butler lost part of her right breast after she was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. She was 22. A year later, she got silicone breast implants. She said she remembers doctors telling her — pushing her — toward silicone implants, describing them in 2009 as “new and improved” after having been taken off the market previously and now returned as safer than ever.

She's one of many women and doctors in Georgia who say breast implants caused systemic illness.