Fast Facts About BIA-ALCL

This article is not intended to offer medical advice but to provide an overview of BIA-ALCL. I urge readers to refer to the FDA BIA-ALCL Q&A website for more detailed information and to seek medical advice if you have received a breast implant and are experiencing the symptoms of BIA-ALCL.

As the name indicates, breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is a kind of cancer that appears to be associated with certain breast implants. Following are some fast facts about BIA-ALCL.

  • BIA-ALCL is a condition that is associated with breast implants, specifically, “near the breast implant, contained within the fibrous scar capsule, and not in the breast tissue itself” (see image below)
  • As of August 2019, FDA had requested that Allergan Voluntarily Recall Natrelle BIOCELL Textured Breast Implants and Tissue Expanders
  • BIA-ACLC is not breast cancer but “a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (cancer of the immune system)”
  • The risk of BIA-ALCL is “considered to be low; however, this cancer is serious and can lead to death, especially if not treated promptly”
  • “The main symptoms of BIA-ALCL are persistent swelling, presence of a mass or pain in the area of the breast implant. These symptoms may occur well after the surgical incision has healed, often years after implant placement.”
  • As of October 2019 FDA was not recommending removal of the implants and tissue expanders, however, you should see your physician if you have received a breast implant and are experiencing any of the symptoms noted above so you can get appropriate and early care as required.

Best wishes for your health and wellness,

References

https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/breast-implants/questions-and-answers-about-breast-implant-associated-anaplastic-large-cell-lymphoma-bia-alcl

https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/safety-communications/fda-requests-allergan-voluntarily-recall-natrelle-biocell-textured-breast-implants-and-tissue

Women Patent Holders on the Rise – But Still a Minority

How many of the following women can you identify?

  • Hannah Wilkinson Slater
  • Hazel Irwin
  • Mary Dixon Kies

According to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), these women were among only seventy-two women who were granted patents between 1790 and 1859 while fellow male inventors racked up over thirty-two thousand patents. The USPTO reports a rise in the number of patents awarded to women but notes that “the percentage of all patent inventors that are women, or the annual ‘women inventor rate,’ reached only 12% in 2016.”

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Hite Health Solutions a Finalist in The Big Launch Challenge

We were excited to receive notice that we’ve been selected as a finalist in the 2019 Big Launch Challenge pitch competition.

This competition affords startups a great opportunity to generate awareness in the entrepreneurial and venture communities. The top two finalists vie for $20,000 and receive access to training, networking, and mentorship.

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What is endometriosis and how does it affect my menstrual cycle?

According to the National Women’s Health Network, “Endometriosis is a condition that causes the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus to grow outside of the uterus, resulting in period pain and a shorter amount of time in between cycles.”

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