Public Perceptions on Breast Implant–Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma

An interesting article by Erica Lee et al., published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: July 2020, volume 146, issue 1. This study aimed to gauge the baseline knowledge and concern regarding BIA-ALCL among adult laywomen within the United States.

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Breast implant–associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) has entered the spotlight, as several high-profile media outlets have begun to relay the evolving science to the public. This study aimed to gauge the baseline knowledge and concern regarding BIA-ALCL among adult laywomen within the United States.

Mechanical Turk was used to survey 500 American women on self-reported demographics, prior experience with breast implants, and 11 questions regarding their knowledge and concern regarding BIA-ALCL. Responses were reviewed for quality control before study inclusion.

Only a minority of American women have heard of BIA-ALCL and understand its association with breast implants. The authors conclude as plastic surgeons who perform breast reconstruction that they can promote the spread of information through the popular media and health care blogs to address this growing concern, particularly among women with existing breast implants.

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