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Women ‘aren’t being warned’ about the cancer risk of having breast implants


A mother-of-three from Caldwell, Idaho, last year revealed she had lymphoma which she believed was caused by her breast implants.  

Kimra Rogers, 50, was diagnosed with lymphoma in May 2016 and, to her horror, she was told the cancer was likely caused by her breast implants.

She had the implants 14 years earlier to increase her breast size from a small B-cup to a large C-cup.

Ms Rogers was horrified to discover her cancer had probably been caused by the implants used in the breast enlargement she had 14 years earlier

Ms Rogers was horrified to discover her cancer had probably been caused by the implants used in the breast enlargement she had 14 years earlier

Although there is now research explaining the links between implants and breast implant associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), Ms Rogers claims she was never told about the risk when she went to have the procedure done. 

‘I remember telling my doctor: “They never once told me it would be a possibility I could get cancer if I got these implants”,’ she told Daily Mail Online.

Ms Rogers noticed something was wrong when her hair and skin started to become extremely dry and her hair began to fall out, then she noticed a lump under her arm.

Her doctors misdiagnosed her with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, for which she had chemotherapy and radiotherapy but the implants weren’t removed.

Ms Rogers's doctors thought she had Hodgkin's lymphoma so treated her with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but did not remove the implants which they believed had caused the cancer

Ms Rogers's doctors thought she had Hodgkin's lymphoma so treated her with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but did not remove the implants which they believed had caused the cancer

Ms Rogers’s doctors thought she had Hodgkin’s lymphoma so treated her with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but did not remove the implants which they believed had caused the cancer

It was only when Ms Rogers did some of her own research online that she suspected she had BIA-ALCL. Her diagnosis was confirmed by a doctor but she couldn’t have her implants removed until at least six months after her radiotherapy.

When she spoke to Daily Mail Online last year, Ms Rogers was trying to raise money for surgery to remove the implants, which her health insurance company wouldn’t pay for, claiming it was cosmetic. It is not clear if she has had the procedure yet.

Ms Rogers said at the time: ‘In the end, the cancer wrapped up into my neck and clavicle, so I would’ve had to have chemo anyway, but I at least would have had the source of the cancer out of my body. 

‘Surgeons won’t remove the implants until I’m six months past my last round of radiation. Had I been correctly diagnosed and had them out in the first place, it’s possible the whole ordeal would be over.’ 



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