Health Watch: Can Breast Implants Hide Breast Cancer?

Women who are having mammograms should be sure to tell the technician if they have breast implants before the test begins. In a recent Health Watch segment, Gopal Vijayaraghavan, MD, director, Division of Breast Imaging, discussed types of breast implants and the challenges they pose during breast cancer screening with mammography. “Implants do not increase the risk of breast cancer, but what really happens is, since implants can obscure the breast tissue, there may be a delay in the diagnosis,” he said.

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