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According to reports more than 30,000 women have been asked to remove their breast implants by the French authorities. The cause is the potentially defective silicone these women could be carrying inside them.
The newspaper Liberations has exposed, that these implants supplied by Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) carry potential health risks.
Last year, the French Society of Plastic Surgeons found out that the PIP implants were not meant for medical use, since they had a higher rate of rupture than other implants and their silicone was not quality one to be used in these type of procedures.
The past year after the company PIP went into administration, the implants were banned.
According to the BBC, Government spokeswoman Valerie Pecresse told French television that a plan of action would be unveiled later this week. She said, “All women who have PIP implants should return to see their surgeons urgently.”
These terrible concern has result in 2000 complains from women to the police. The AFP news agency reports that these women have opened a criminal investigation to the firm.
The French newspaper Le Monde, exposed that after these defects were known, a total of 523 implants have been removed in the country. Among all affected women, there have been eight cases of cancer reported in patients with PIP implants.
France’s Director General for Health, Jean-Yves Grall added that all costs related to the removal of the implants would be reimbursed, although it is not clear if this will extend to paying for replacement implants.
PIP implants were really accessible to many woman, since they were among the cheapest in the market, the problem is not only focused on France since these implants were exported in many other countries. In United Kingdom it is believed that around 50,000 woman could have them as well.