Fears over faulty breast implants

British women may be in danger from non-medical grade breast implants supplied by the French company Poly Implant Prothese

British women may be in danger from non-medical grade breast implants supplied by the French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP).
 
The company have sold over 300 thousand breast implants worldwide, with over 40 thousand of those implants fitted in Britain. PIP has since gone into administration, but the effects of their implants are still surfacing.

Many women have experienced rupturing and links have been made between PIP implants and eight cases of cancer in France, including one death.

The breast implants have ruptured due to the low-grade silicone used to cut costs. It is reported that 10 per cent of the implants have ruptured within a year.

The French government is now considering removing all PIP implants from patients. The UK authorities have yet to issue advice on the matter, but women who have had PIP breast implants fitted are being urged to contact their surgery for monitoring.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons believes it is reasonable for British women to consider removing the implants.

A spokeswoman said: ‘We are very much in line with France. It is not unreasonable to recommend they be taken out because of their high failure rate and poor quality control.’

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