A breast implant causes difficulties in breast cancer detection. While the situation varies depending on the type and placement of the implant, the implant may make it harder to detect cancer during a mammography. More x-rays may be necessary to detect cancer, which increases the amount of radiation you are exposed to. Because the breasts are squeezed during a mammography, the implants may rupture. Be sure to tell the mammography technician that you have implants. Also, it is recommended that you perform a routine check of your breasts for cancer screening, and breast implants may make this difficult. Make sure to ask Dr. Vanek to help you distinguish between the implant and your breast tissue.