In a recent revelation, former Baywatch star Nicole Eggert shared her regret over getting breast implants at the young age of 18. This regret comes after her breast cancer diagnosis, raising questions about the potential link between breast implants and breast cancer. While breast implants are not directly associated with breast cancer, there is a connection between implants and a different type of cancer. Let’s dive deeper into Nicole’s story and explore the relationship between breast implants and cancer.
Nicole’s Regret and Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Nicole Eggert, known for her role in the iconic TV show Baywatch, recently opened up about her regret regarding her decision to undergo breast augmentation at the age of 18. At the time, she felt self-conscious about her figure when filming in the revealing swimsuits required for the show. However, looking back, she expresses remorse for her decision, realizing the potential health risks associated with breast implants.
“I look at all these younger girls doing it and think, ‘God, leave your bodies alone!’” she said. “But when you have to put on that one-piece and it’s like, you’re so flat that it’s like, pleating — you got pleats across the front — You’re like, ‘What is this?’” (1)
While discussing her breast cancer diagnosis, Nicole revealed that deeply regrets the various breast augmentations (and one reduction) that she had in her past. Her cancer, she revealed, is cribriform carcinoma, a rare and invasive type of breast cancer. It is important to note, however, that while breast implants are linked to some cancers, scientists have found no link to breast cancer itself. Therefore, it is unlikely that Nicole’s breast implants have anything to do with her current health battle.
Are Breast Implants Linked to Breast Cancer
To answer this question directly, the short answer is no. Numerous scientific studies and research have failed to establish a direct causal link between breast implants and breast cancer. The American Cancer Society has stated that there is no significant evidence to support such a connection. However, it is crucial to note that breast implants can increase the risk of a rare type of cancer known as Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). (2)
Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)
BIA-ALCL is a rare type of lymphoma that can occur following breast implant surgery. It is not a form of breast cancer but a cancer of the immune system. The exact cause of BIA-ALCL is still under investigation, but research suggests that it may be associated with a bacterial infection around the implant. The FDA reports that BIA-ALCL cases are relatively rare, with estimates ranging from 1 in 3,817 to 1 in 30,000 women with textured implants. (3)
Nicole Eggert’s Story
Nicole’s regret and breast cancer diagnosis shine a light on the complexity of decisions regarding breast augmentation. Despite her reservations now, Nicole revealed that she had further surgeries, including a breast reduction that was documented on the television show “Botched” in 2015. Her recent battle with cancer has undoubtedly been a challenging journey, increasing her awareness of the potential risks associated with breast implants. She reveals that the scariest part of this whole journey for her is her two daughters, Dilyn, 25; and Keegan, 12.
“[Dilyn’s] an adult, but I have a 12-year-old at home where I’m the only caregiver. I have no family. I have nothing,” she explained. “It’s just so overwhelming, and I’m just doing everything I can not to spiral.”
Treatment, of course, will be an expensive endeavor. This is a rare type of breast cancer, which only makes getting treatment that much more costly. On top of that, Nicole won’t be able to work during her treatment, which will make covering the treatment costs that much more challenging. The fears are not only that she won’t be able to cover the medical costs, but also that she and youngest daughter Keegan will be displaced from their home because of it. Nicole’s close friend Mindy Molinary has started a GoFundMe page for the former actress to try and prevent that from happening.
The Bottom Line
While Nicole Eggert’s regret over getting breast implants at a young age and her subsequent breast cancer diagnosis bring attention to the potential risks involved, it is important to note that breast implants are not directly linked to breast cancer. However, they have been associated with a rare type of cancer known as BIA-ALCL. As with any medical procedure, it is crucial to weigh the potential risks and benefits, considering both aesthetic concerns and long-term health implications. It is advisable to consult with medical professionals and gather all relevant information before making a decision to undergo breast augmentation or any other surgical procedure.
- “Nicole Eggert says she regrets getting implants for ‘Baywatch’ at 18 after revealing breast cancer diagnosis.’ Page Six. Sara Whitman. January 27, 2024.
- “Women’s health.” Mayo Clinic. Sandhya Pruthi, M.D.
- “Questions and Answers about Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).” FDA.