OTTAWA (Aug. 18) — Women with silicone-gel breast implants have a lower-than-average mortality rate than the general population, according to a new study from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
The study, published in the "American Journal of Epidemiology," surveyed 24,558 women who received breast implants and 15,893 women who underwent other plastic surgery procedures between 1974 and 1989, tracing their death rates through 1997.
The women with breast implants had lower-than-average incidences of cancer, heart disease and connective tissue disease, but a higher-than-average suicide rate.
An official of the Public Health Agency of Canada told the Associated Press that more study was needed. He theorized, however, that women who undergo breast implant surgery are necessarily in good health, but some may also have issues with depression and low self-esteem.