(PARIS) — French authorities are reportedly urging 30,000 women to remove potentially life-threatening, rupturing breast implants.
The concerns are that the implants, supplied by Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), used an unauthorized silicone gel in their implants, making them prone to splitting.
Government spokeswoman Valerie Pecresse, part of a special committee formed to investigate the issue, highly recommended that “All women who have PIP implants should return to see their surgeons urgently.”
Since the defects were discovered, 523 implants have been removed and eight cases of cancer had been reported in patients with PIP implant. Although there has not been concrete proof of a direct link between the silicone used in PIP implants and cancer, investigations by the French Society of Plastic Surgeons came to the conclusion that the silicone used was not suitable for medical use. One PIP implant patient died of cancer in 2010.
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