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According to a NewsWeek article, the Food and Drug Administration says that breast implants have been linked to nine deaths from a very rare cancer, indicating that there’s a very low increased risk in women who have implants.

The World Health Organization said several years ago that the cancer, a type of lymphoma, could develop after breast implants, but the FDA has said until now that there were too few cases to know if there really was a connection.

The FDA said there’s no need for women to have their implants removed, but they should contact their doctor if they have lingering pain or swelling around the implant, particularly years after the surgery.

The lymphoma, which mostly takes place in a capsule of tissue that develops around the implant, usually progresses slowly.

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