One in three have breast row implants removed

One in three have breast row implants removed
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More than one in three women in France who have had PIP breast implants have undergone surgery to have them removed, French Agency of Health Products (ANSM).

Some 12,000 women have had the implants removed, out of the total of 30,000, following a recommendation from the Health Minister in December.

About a quarter, or 3,000, of those who has them removed did so as a direct result of a rupture. The others claimed they had the operation as a preventive measure.

A scandal broke around the PIP implants late last year when it was discovered they were made of “fake”, unapproved silicone.

Doctors originally feared the implant rupturing would heighten the woman’s risk of breast cancer.

But the ANSM played down that risk, reporting that only 55 cases of breast cancer out of the 30,000 women with the PIP implants.

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