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Women with PIP implants told to seek advice

Published on 21 December 2012

Around 40,000 British women who have Poly Implant Prothese aka PIP implants have been told not to panic following eight cases of cancer thought to be linked to the French-made implants.

No need for panic

UK officials have said there is no need for wide-spread panic and these implants do not need to be removed if they have not ruptured. However because of the high risk of rupture, women with these types of implants are advised to seek advice from their surgeon if they're worried.

The majority of high quality silicone implants last up to 10-years but PIP implants are made from non-medical grade silicone which the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) believe was intended for use in mattresses.

This increases their likelihood of splitting and already 10% of these implants have been reported to have split within their first year.

While experts in the UK believe there is insufficient evidence to warrant a complete recall of these implants, in France the government have pledged to pay for their removal in what could be tens of thousands of cases.

The PIP implants have been linked to eight cases of cancer and the death of one women who suffered a rare form of cancer known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL).

However, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK has stated that the evidence available does not warrant removal, stating "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."

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