I realize that many women receive scrutiny for under-going breast augmentation. I’ll admit I am a bit of a neutralist on this topic along with many other issues. I think most grown women are fully capable of deciding what changes they want to make to their body. But if you consider that 1 out of 8 women get diagnosed with breast cancer and therefore choose to schedule a mastectomy followed by implant surgery; it seems wrong to pass judgment on any woman who is easily identified as a recipient of a ‘breast job.’ What concerns me is that some women feel that they need to justify why they got breast augmentation at all. In any case, there is a growing need for breast implants to continue to become safer and offer less risks across the board.
According to a study led by Colleen McCarthy, MD at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, women who have undergone a double mastectomy found themselves happier with silicone implants over saline. Many of the breast cancer organizations offer support, research, clinical and emotional guidance for women in making the decision whether to get implants. Perhaps the new implant developed by researchers at Brown University will impact the decision process for women considering breast implants.
Brown University has created a new implant that may actually deter breast cancer cell re-growth. This new implant could impact the life of the 20% of women who experience a re-growth of malignant cells even post-mastectomy. The new implant is being made from a polymer that offers an un-desirable surface for cancer cells to thrive. What is fascinating about the discovery made by associate professor of engineering, Thomas Webster and his team, is that the implant’s surface is bumpy on the nanoscale which prevents cancer cells from being able to attach themselves. According to Webster, "We've created an (implant) surface with features that can at least decrease (cancerous) cell functions without having to use chemotherapeutics, radiation, or other processes to kill cancer cells."