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Breast implant fear played down

21st December 2011

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has said that women with silicone breast implants made by the French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) should not have them removed.

French health officials are expected to decide soon whether women with implants from PIP should have them removed because of possible cancer fears.

However, the MHRA said that none of the evidence into such a link supports having implants removed.

Some 40,000 British women are thought to have PIP silicone implants with 95% of them fitted privately. They have been urged to contact the surgeon or clinic that fitted them.

So far, it is understood that 250 UK women have started legal action after suffering ruptured implants.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) said the PIP devices were more likely to split because they used non-medical grade silicone.

Eight cases of cancer, mainly breast cancer, had so far been reported in patients with PIP implants though the head of France’s National Cancer Institute said the cases were not necessarily linked to faulty implants.

The MHRA said there is “insufficient evidence to indicate any association with cancer” after reviewing the available evidence with the relevant UK professional bodies.

It said: “The MHRA’s current advice to women with any type of breast implant continues to be that women who are concerned about their breasts or think that their implants may have ruptured, should seek clinical advice from their implanting surgeon.”

The British Association for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) said patients should check whether they have PIP implants.


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