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Link Between Breast Implants and Cancer According to FDA

For some people in the United States, plastic surgery is a way to make yourself feel “better” or more “perfect” in some ways. However, the risks always come ahead of the rewards. In this case, the risk is not worth it.

At least 457 women have been diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma, which is a rare type of cancer. The Food and Drug Administration has stated that nine people have died since being diagnosed with this type of cancer that affects the cells of the immune system. They can be found around the breast implant area.

The FDA has issued multiple warnings in letters to those in the medical field explaining the link between the cancer and one of the most popular forms of plastic surgery. The letters state the warning signs of the cancer, which could be new lumps, pain and swelling around the breast area.

FDA has also asked for medical providers to report all cases to them in order to gather numbers, which could result in a halt on certain types of breast implants.

However, most of the cases that have occurred have to do with textured implants rather than smooth implants. The good news is that the cancer is slow growing and easily treatable if caught early.

There’s only a small number of women who have cancer out of the estimated 10 to 11 million women who have breast implants in the world, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Plastic Surgery Foundation.

This isn’t the first time that the FDA has brought this to our attention as in 2011, they presented the possibility of cancer but mentioned that it was a small chance that it could happen.

Now, new information has arisen. While 457 may seem to be a small amount, it’s a big enough number to where patients should be getting themselves checked for cancer, so if it is found, then it can be treated as soon as possible.


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Hysterectomy vs. Vasectomy

There comes a time in every adults life, where a decision has to be made. Some people may make this decision after they’ve had enough kids, and some may make this decision before they even have kids. This decision isn’t an easy one and it can drastically change a persons body forever. This decision comes in two different flavors: hysterectomy and vasectomy.

This decision of who’s getting “fixed” is usually a mutual decision between a couple who are either done having kids or have decided not to have kids. Either way, once the procedure is done, the end result is always the same: the couple can no longer have children. Although many couples usually have an easy time deciding who’s going to be undergoing a procedure, there are a lot of risks that need to be taken into consideration.

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“This decision comes in two different flavors: hysterectomy and vasectomy.”

Many men feel that getting a vasectomy will somehow end their manhood. Although the man can no longer produce children, there’s no reason for him to feel that he isn’t as manly. On the other hand, there are a lot of hormonal and bodily issues that women can experience after getting a hysterectomy. Hysterectomies are very invasive. The woman’s entire reproductive system is essentially cut out of her. Although women can also get their tubes “tied,” this is also extremely invasive compared to the simplicity of a vasectomy.

Vasectomies are typically done in one doctor visit, with only local anesthesia being used. The man may be a little sore for the first few days, but he will recover quickly and will be able to continue his normal life, only having to take Tylenol or other drug store pain killers. However, a hysterectomy requires general anesthesia, a hospital stay and much stronger pain killers. There is also a lot of scarring that can occur.

Not only are hysterectomies a lot more dangerous and take more recovery time, they can affect a woman’s hormones in a way that could require additional medication. Many times, a woman will have a very difficult time getting aroused or achieving orgasm after getting a hysterectomy or getting her tubes tied. This issue doesn’t usually occur in men following vasectomy, although it can occur because of old age. Although men may not ejaculate, they will still be able to achieve orgasm.

Although many men may opt for a vasectomy and have no issue making that decision, I believe it’s important for men to realize that a procedure doesn’t affect their manhood. Making this small sacrifice for their partner is a lot easier than seeing them have a difficult time recovering.