Angelina Jolie’s Decision

Huffington Post. 16 May 2013. Dr. Diana Zuckerman writes, “Let’s use Angelina Jolie’s announcement to have a frank discussion of the treatment choices for breast cancer and to encourage women to make decisions based on their own situations not on the choice of a celebrity, however admirable she is.” Continue reading

Are Breast Implants Safe?: New Questions

The FDA announced that saline and silicone gel breast implants were linked to a rare cancer of the immune system; in an unrelated scandal, tens of thousands of defective breast implants were recalled in Europe. These developments illustrate the strengths and weaknesses of the safeguards intended to protect patients in different countries from unsafe breast implants and other medical devices. Continue reading

Adolescents, Celebrity Worship, and Cosmetic Surgery

A new study shows that media portrayals of celebrities influence how adolescents feel about their looks and influence their decisions to undergo cosmetic surgery. Young adults are not just mimicking the clothing and hairstyles of their favorite celebrities, but rather undergoing invasive procedures to feel better about how they look. Continue reading

Consumer group questions review of breast implants

Consumer safety advocates are questioning the Food and Drug Administration about incomplete and seemingly erroneous data used to support the safety of silicone breast implants in an agency review last year. The FDA concluded last summer that silicone-gel implants are basically safe as long as women understand they come with complications. Continue reading