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British say French are wrong – industrial PIP silicon breast implants are fine

by | 23rd, December 2011

WILL the British Government command British women to remove the faulty implants made by Marseille’s–based Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP), the French company killed off by news that it used industrial silicon (used in electrical insulation and mattresses) in breast implants?

In the UK, at least 40,000 women have bought the PIP implants.

In France, the country’s Health Ministry will meet the cost of the implants removal. The implants are not killers and the French see it as a precautionary measure ”. Moreover, any woman who had the implants following breast cancer surgery can have news ones fitted at the expense of the State. Will the British Government do likewise?


Sally Davies, the British Chief Medical Officer, says:

“Women with PIP implants should not be unduly worried. We have no evidence of a link to cancer or an increased risk of rupture.”

That is true. There is no evidence whatsoever. But there is the worry. A scare story is out of the can, and not one without foundations. The implants can leak. Remove them now and stave off stress in later life.

Says Davies:

“While we respect the French Government’s decision, no other country is taking similar steps because we currently have no evidence to support it. Because of this, and because removing these implants carries risk in itself, we are not advising routine removal of these implants.”

What to do?

Andrew Lansley, the Secretary of State for Health, takes a view:

“Our experts will continue to examine any further evidence from France and across the world on this issue, and will keep this situation under close review.”

If you weren’t worried, you are now. The Government’s experts will monitor things, and if they decide that the implants are dangerous you ladies will be the first to know. Women will then have to book in for an operation. There might be a rush. It might be hard to get a decent surgeon. And, then, who pays? And remember that these implants were cheaper than others on the market. It might be that the women who need the best treatment have the least money to spend.

There are more words of comfort from the French ministry, which offers:

“The well established risks linked to these implants are ruptures and the irritant nature of the gel which can lead to inflammatory reactions making it difficult to explant them.”

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