On Wednesday, July 24, breast implant manufacturer Allergan recalled one type of its implants after the FDA recommended the company do so for safety reasons. Some women with implants have also reported adverse reactions like inflammation, soreness, and pain. Susan Barrow, a woman who experienced these symptoms, had her now-recalled implants removed by cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jae Chun, one of the doctors who advocates for women who say they have breast implant illness.
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When Jamee Cook got breast implants at 21, she hoped to feel more confident about her body. Instead, the implants nearly ruined her life. Just three years after her surgery, Cook, who is now 42, started having a slew of medical problems: fatigue, fevers, sinus infections, memory problems, and trouble concentrating. She felt like she constantly had the flu and could barely muster the energy to take care of her three kids.
Lynn just wanted to get back to normal. She wanted to feel like the woman she was before breast cancer. The Irish pharmaceutical giant Allergan agreed to recall more than 30 styles of its Biocell brand textured breast implants and tissue expanders after federal health officials linked the devices to a vast majority of cases of the disease. But now, despite the recall, women are having difficulty receiving a proper diagnosis, leaving them scared, anxious, and potentially at risk of developing advanced stage cancer — an issue experts say is due to a lack of knowledge of the rare disease within the medical community.
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