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Thousands warned about French breast implants

The Local · 23 Dec 2011, 14:11

Published: 23 Dec 2011 14:11 GMT+01:00

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French Health Minister Xavier Bertrand on Friday advised women who had had breast implants from the company Poly Implants Prothèses (PIP) to get in touch with their doctors, prompting German authorities to recommend the same.

The latest figures from France suggest that around one in 30 of the PIP implants had ruptured because cheap silicone was used. A scare spread in France after a 53-year-old woman with the implants died of a rare form of breast lymphoma.

The company filed for insolvency in 2010, and 2,000 women have filed legal complaints since March of that year.

The BfArM has now also ordered clinics to contact former patients and organize appointments for advice on what to do, but it stopped short of advising a blanket removal of implants.

BfArM spokesman Maik Pommer told Der Spiegel that the risks of an operation could only be evaluated on an individual basis. “That’s why a general recommendation for the removal of the implants would be irresponsible.”

It remains unclear how many women in Germany have the PIP implants. According to BfArM, no national statistics are compiled. In France, around 1,000 cases of ruptures have been reported, from a total of 30,000 implants.

So far, BfArM has received 19 reports of defective implants in Germany. “But we don’t know if as many people are reporting them in Germany as in France,” said Pommer.

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Your comments about this article

16:42 December 23, 2011 by raandy
Those are some bad numbers 1 out of 30 know failures. Who test these things?
22:24 December 23, 2011 by showtyd75
They are not satisfied the way God created them so they look for an alternative and here is the problem
05:01 December 24, 2011 by lal mani sharma
Ladies of our times are not satisfied with what the type of nature has given them.We all know the utility of female breast and as such there is no requirement to add a foreign material like silicon to it to it for just show off . Man is not perfect whereas Nature is perfect. There is more beauty in nature. When we don't understand HiS creation we go in for all type of artificial beauty..After all it is not artificial body that is remembered after death but his deeds that he did for his nation, family and his contribution to the society.Lets not run after all artificial body show to spoil the beautiful body given by HIM
08:26 December 24, 2011 by Englishted
@showtyd75 and lal mani sharma

We will let you off,with the god stuff because it is Christmas .

Enjoy the holidays and we will verbally clash in the new year.
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