The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) advises people who have undergone breast enlargement to consult their doctors if they suffer pain or swelling around their silicone implants after a person in Singapore was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer associated with breast implants.
“HSA received the local case of cancer type, called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) in March 2019. The patient was implanted with the Allergan Natrelle breast implants and was diagnosed with BIA-ALCL two years post-implantation,” it said.
“Breast implants registered in Singapore have a silicone outer surface that is either smooth or textured. Global reports have indicated increased incidence of BIA-ALCL with the use of ‘macro-textured’ breast implants.
As a precautionary measure, HSA has disallowed the sale of the Allergan Natrelle breast implant in Singapore since April 2019, the HSA said.