France advises breast implant removal over cancer risk

December 24th, 2011 - 1:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Paris, Dec 24 (IANS) French health authorities Friday urged 30,000 women to remove the locally-made breast implants, pledging that relevant expenses would be covered by the state.

The health ministry said in a statement that they spot “no increased risk of cancer currently in women wearing the PIP (Poly Implant Prothese) brand compared with other implants”, reported Xinhua.

“However, well-established risks associated with these prostheses are rupture and irritant gel may lead to inflammatory reactions, making it difficult to explant,” the statement added.

French Health Minister Xavier Bertrand advised French women who have the PIP implants to get them taken out “as a preventive measure but not of an urgent nature”. The removal of the implant will be at the state’s expense.

The recommendation came after eight cases, mainly breast cancer, were reported recently among women with PIP implants.

The involved implant was produced by the French company PIP, once the world’s third-largest producer of silicone implants who sold its products to tens of thousands of women in more than 65 countries, mainly in South America and western Europe.

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