Michelle Miller is raising awareness about Breast Implant Associated – Squamous Cell Carcinoma (BIA-SCC), a rare ‘manmade cancer’ she has personally been diagnosed with.
Her personal message:
“If you would have asked me a year ago what month was breast cancer awareness month I wouldn’t have known. Now, I will forever know that it is in October. Breast cancer awareness month will live in my Octobers.
As I have made it publicly known I have cancer. I don’t actually have breast cancer but a very rare, and by rare I mean I am the 6th documented case worldwide, cancer that is / was in both breasts. Officially I have breast implant associated squamous cell carcinoma. (BIA SCC).
I have a cancer that has been caused by the recurring irritant known as my breast implants. Squamous cell cancer is not a genetic cancer. It is not a natural cancer. And by that I mean the genetic mutant kind of cancer, as most commonly known cancers are. It was caused by a foreign object.
My cancer is aggressive and basically it will kill me quickly or not at all. There is no known treatment for certain. There are no guarantees. So in hopes of surviving, I agreed to aggressive chemo and radiation in addition to bilateral mastectomy.
My goal, aside from surviving is to help raise awareness for breast implant education. Breast implants. KILL . PERIOD.
It might be slowly, so slow that you think that you are safe from harm. I had mine since 1995 with revisions and replacements due to pain and inflammation.
Please consider me before getting implants. Please consider EXPLANTING those toxic bags of shit from your body.
This is part of the NEW breast cancer awareness. Part of the cure for cancer is knowing the cause. Implants cause cancer.“
BIA-SCC was first diagnosed in the early 1990s.
We can only imagine how many others have had this cancer but, weren’t diagnosed. It wasn’t that long ago that the stats were this low for BIA-ALCL (Breast Implant Associated – Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma). Since they’ve started testing for BIA-ALCL there has been a sharp increase in diagnosed cases, including deaths. I’m sure we’ll see the incidence rate for BIA-SCC rise in coming years also. At least if they start testing more for it.
If you have breast implants and develop unusual symptoms, including sudden swelling, pain, itching, seroma (fluid), redness, hardness, lumps/masses you should seek medical attention. Symptoms of BIA-SCC can be similar to symptoms of BIA-ALCL.
Pain and swelling led to Michelle having a diagnostic ultrasound, which revealed she had a 6cm tumour in one breast, and 1cm in the other. A biopsy confirmed cancer.
It should be noted that although BIA-ALCL is associated with textured breast implants, Michelle had only smooth implants – Mentor smooth saline.
Though historically women have been implanted and left for years, or even decades, without follow-up we now know that annual follow-up with a plastic surgeon is imperative, no matter what surface implants one has.
I extend my well wishes and deep gratitude to Michelle. My personal message to her: “Michelle, thank you for your courage sharing your story even as you’re living through all that goes with having been diagnosed with BIA-SCC. You are a hero and champion. I wish you the very best and hold you in my thoughts and prayers.”
6 thoughts on “Breast Implant Associated – Squamous Cell Carcinoma”
I also had ruptured implants.
30+ years later I was diagnosed with Basel and Squamous cell cancer in my face, both in one area. In addition, I began having medical issues that were and still are unexplained.
I had my ex plant but the damage was done and even today I am affected.
My prayers are with you
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Michelle,my strong beautiful friend,keep fighting. Keep your message flowing love. ❤
Lisa Dupree Robinson
I Love you Michelle Keep Fighting My Friend. I pray for you and yours Every Day❤️ I Love Me Some Michelle Just As Much as I have All These Years. You are So Incredibly Strong
I Love you Michelle, You are one of the strongest and most beautiful women I have ever known. Never give up, You will always be in my prayers and my heart. From the first time I meet you, I knew that you are someone special and your life matters… Forever loving you, your friend Buffy
Praying for you and your Family. If there is anything else I can do, please, write another blog like the one I just read & I will do whatever I can to help. I have an Allergan biocell that I got after a unilateral mastectomy 5 years ago. I have been planning to explant for over a year now but covid-19 has slowed things to a halt. I have an appointment with plastic surgeon #3 on June 24 (#’s 1 & 2 didn’t make the cut after the first appointment with) but the plastic surgeon’s office keeps telling me that they can only do video visits and I do not have a laptop or a desktop & say I can’t use my phone. That’s why the appointment has been pushed off till late June. I had an appointment in February and another one in April but they were video visits like I said and I’d lack the technology because I live in deep poverty. At least I have two lawyers suing Allergan in a class-action as well as a personal injury. And because I was a mastectomy patient I get free explant surgery via Medicaid. Sickening though that our society has to pay for it all: pay for the greed and the selfishness and the irresponsibility of big Pharma; pay hundreds of millions of dollars to fix their sin. Beyond shameful. Let’s stand together to triumph over them. I am here for you