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#1 debra

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Posted 17 May 2008 - 06:03 AM

Anyone have any experience or information about the relationship of having silicone implants and the onset of scleroderma? I know this is a long standing controversy and some doctors admit there might be a link and others say no. This battle has been going on for the last 20 years. They were recently approved for cosmetic use, prior, only for reconstruction. So the doctors that put them in for augmentation say No way! I had breast cancer in 2000 and had a mastectomy with reconstruction. I started having symptoms of scleroderma in 2006. Just wondering. It would be a big step to have then removed and then still suffer with SSC.

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Posted 17 May 2008 - 06:20 AM

Debra,
This is one of those areas where the research appears to keep going back and forth. One study might show they can cause connective tissue disease and another contradicts it. We do have a page on silicon implants and the studies related to scleroderma. You might want to check out the following ISN page:

Causes of Scleroderma: Artificial Joints and Silicone Breast Implants.

Not sure how much this helps, but it will keep you reading for a while anyway. smile.gif

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Posted 20 May 2008 - 02:15 AM

Hi Janey~~~

I went to the site and it is all about silicone implants. Where is an article about artificial joints/devices? Gareth has 5 pins in his right hip that were put in 3 years before his Sclero hit. Just curious to read about that.

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#4 janey

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Posted 20 May 2008 - 04:47 AM

Margaret,
I couldn't find an article on artificial limbs either. There is a possibility that we had one at one time but it became out dated. We try to keep our news within a 5 year period. Maybe we should just change this page to Breast Implants.

Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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Posted 20 May 2008 - 06:16 AM

I am one of three girls in my family. All three of us have had breast cancer. Only one has had the mastectomy. Both older and younger sis have had Silicone implants. One because of mastectomy one because she just wanted bigger breasts. I haven't done anything. I am the one with Scleroderma. So, my study would be that you have a one in three chance of having another disease after breast surgery in a family situation. I am the only one that had both tonsils and adnoids removed as a child. I have always been sick before those surgeries and since. My sisters have both always been well until breast cancer. So how would that effect statistics?
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