Educating Women and Their Communities About Risks of Breast Implants
Breast Implants, an Overview
Every year, more than 400,000 women and teens undergo breast implant surgeries. source And some women get sick, including Breast Implant Illness (BII) or a lymphoma called Breast Implant Illness Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). Some women get sick immediately. For others, it takes years.
Breast Implants: I Thought They Were Safe
In 2009, I chose to get breast implants. I was fifty years old. Although I did extensive research and inquired about the risks, I was assured there were none. Yet, within just six short months, I began to experience a wide variety of odd and crippling health issues. Until I had my implants removed nearly ten years later, my health was a baffling mess. I later learned that some women get sick from their breast implants. I was one of them*.
At the time I chose to get breast implants, the information I needed to make such a major healthcare decision simply wasn’t available or provided to me.
* Women all over the world are being harmed by their breast implants. Please read their stories. And, if you are one of us, you’re not alone. Our Stories
ABIE Was Created for You: We're here to support you and your families, educate your communities, and effect much-needed changes to breast implant safety.
Several things influenced my decision to get implants—family, friends, doctors, advisors–even the FDA that regulates their safety standards. That’s why ABIE’s goal is to provide education for not only patients and potential patients, but the people and organizations that impact a woman’s decision.
Breast Implant Illness Survivors
Here are some of our brave women.
Look around our web site. See what we’re doing, what we might be able to do to help you, and how you might want to get involved.