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France calls on women to get faulty breast implants removed

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Summary of story from BBC, December 20, 2011

French authorities are to ask 30,000 women who received potentially defective silicone breast implants to have them removed.

There are concerns that the implants supplied by Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) carry potential health risks.

Investigations by the French Society of Plastic Surgeons last year found that PIP implants had a higher rate of rupture than other implants and that the silicone in them was not meant for medical use.

PIP went into administration last year and the use of its implants was banned.

Eight cases of cancer have so far been reported in patients with PIP implants.  A ninth patient in Gers died of cancer last year.

WVoN comment: A week ago demonstrators took to the streets in Paris to voice their anger.  They say not enough is being done by the Government to help victims of the defective implants (see WVoN story).

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