The Huffington Post posted an article today outlining the top 25 reasons why a woman should not get breast implants (Link). The major headline last week was that women who get breast implants are susceptible to cancer, ALCL: anaplastic large cell lymphoma. While only a small number of women have been diagnosed, this news confirmed that death is a possible side effect of breast implants. It’s disturbing that a voluntary surgical procedure like breast implants, which are commonly acquired as a vanity purchase, can have harmful and even fatal side effects. Is perky cleavage worth illness? What is too much to pay for the perfect silhouette – illness, disfigurement, death? No thanks. Me and my size 34 girls will pass. Yes, itty bitty and loving it. And, in case you were wondering, breast cancer is still an epidemic:

In 2006, more than 190,000 new cases of breast cancer were reported nationwide and more than 41,000 women died from the disease. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among adult women in the U.S. and the second leading cause of cancer death among women. One of every eight adult women will get breast cancer in her lifetime. The risk of cancer increases with age. Although white women are more likely to get breast cancer, African American women are the most likely to die of it. Minority women are most likely to have advanced breast cancer when the cancer is first discovered. Women of other ethnic backgrounds (Asian, Hispanic, and Native American) have a lower risk of developing and dying from breast cancer than white women and African American women. If a close family member (e.g. mother, father, grandmother, sister, or aunt) has had breast cancer, the risk for other family members getting breast cancer may be higher. If you think you may be at increased risk, ask your doctor if you should be tested earlier or more frequently than standard recommendations.

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