This summary table contains detailed information about research studies. Summary tables are a useful way to look at the science behind many breast cancer guidelines and recommendations. However, to get the most out of the tables, it’s important to understand some key concepts. Learn how to read a research table.
Introduction: Neither saline nor silicone breast implants appear to increase breast cancer risk. A meta-analysis that combined the results from 10 studies found no increase in breast cancer risk among women with breast implants .
A few studies in the table below found a lower risk of breast cancer among women with implants. However, this is likely due to traits of women who tend to choose breast implants (such as being lean), rather than the implants themselves .
Learn more about breast implants and breast cancer risk.
Anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) is a very rare, treatable form of cancer of the cells of the immune system. It occurs in breast tissue in about 3 in 100 million women .
The FDA is studying a link between breast implants (both saline and silicone) and a slight increase in the risk of ALCL [3-4].
Although the reasons are unclear at this time, the risk of ALCL appears to be linked to textured breast implants rather than smooth implants [3-4].
The FDA doesn’t recommend special care for women with breast implants (nor does it recommend removing implants) . However, if you have breast implants and feel any pain around the implants or have other problems, see your health care provider.
Learn about the strengths and weaknesses of different types of studies. See how this risk factor compares with other risk factors for breast cancer.
Study selection criteria: Prospective cohort studies with at least 40 breast cancer cases and meta-analyses.
Table note: The standardized incidence ratios below compare the incidence of breast cancer among women with breast implants to incidence in the general population.
A standardized incidence ratio above 1 shows an increased risk among women with breast implants. A standardized incidence ratio below 1 shows a decreased risk.
Study Population(number of women with breast implants)
Higher Risk of Developing Breast Cancer for Women with Breast Implants?
Standardized Incidence Ratio
Prospective cohort studies
Pan et al. 
Lipworth et al. 
McLaughlin et al. 
Bryant and Brasher 
Deapen et al. 
Howshaw et al. 
Noels et al. 
Balk et al. 
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