Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Breast Implant Disaster: 50,000 women may have to get breast implants removed

[ via Mail Online ] 2 Jan

All women with faulty breast implants should have them removed given the 'uncertainty and lack of knowledge' about the extent of the problems, a leading surgeon warned today.

Tim Goodacre, a member of the Government-commissioned panel investigating the scandal, said the latest estimate of rupture rates was "very much higher" than he would consider acceptable
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About 50,000 British women are thought to have received the silicone implants made by Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) filled with gel meant for mattresses.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has said the risk of rupture is only  one per cent, but a cosmetic surgery chain told ministers privately that the figure could be as high as eight per cent.


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