International health insurance customers who have undergone cosmetic surgery could be glad to learn that silicone breast implants are not linked with breast cancer.
Indeed, research recently published in the journal Cancer Causes and Control demonstrated that there was no significant increase or reduction in the likelihood of women who had had implants for cosmetic reasons developing the disease.
The team monitored about 13,500 woman who had had implants in both breasts between 1962 and 1989.
Louise Brinton, principal investigator on the research, commented: "For women followed for more than ten years, there was no change in breast cancer risk.
"Our results do not confirm the findings from several other studies that exposure to implants reduces a woman's risk for breast cancer. This may relate to the longer follow-up in this study as compared with most others."