France urges removal of breast implants
PARIS - Reuters
French Doctor Denis Boucq shows a breast implant produced by PIP (Poly Implant Prothese) company after a surgical operation on December 21, 2011 in Nice, southeastern France. AFP PhotoThe French government urged tens of thousands of women on Friday to seek removal of breast implants made of a suspect silicone gel by a firm that exported its product worldwide.
Junior Health Minister Nora Berra said the government was recommending removal as a precautionary measure after complaints about abnormal rupture rates, but she added that there was no conclusive evidence of a link between the sub-standard silicone and cancer.
An estimated 30,000 women in France have had breast implants made by the now-defunct company Poly Implant Prothese SA (PIP), which produced about 100,000 implants a year before its product was ordered off the market in early 2010.