If you have breast implants and you notice a new mass or pain, what are you supposed to do? Most women would be concerned about a problem with their breast implants or breast cancer. Concern can turn into worry and high anxiety, even though most breast masses are benign. Most patients will schedule a visit with their plastic surgeon or primary care doctor.
First, research some background information to put the issue into perspective. It’s the role of the medical provider to rule out cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer seen in women, and it is the second leading cause of death in women. As your age increases, so does your risk of cancer. Most breast cancers are found in women older than fifty, and they are rarely found in patients younger than 25.
Clinical breast examinations, biopsies and tissue imaging rule out cancer. Imaging studies include fine needle aspiration, core needle biopsy, open biopsy, mammogram, ultrasound and MRI. The use of MRI is beneficial in women with breast implants, as it determines the integrity of the breast implant and shows the mass in the breast.
The treatment of a breast mass is no different if you have breast implants. A breast mass in a woman over fifty needs more careful analysis because of a higher risk of malignancy, but as a general rule, most lumps in younger patients are simple breast cysts.
After an appropriate inspection, a determination would be made about the need for a tissue biopsy or continued observation. Peace of mind is the ultimate goal, though, so don’t sit around and hope a mass goes away. If you have concerns, schedule a visit with your plastic surgeon or primary care doctor.