French health officials discuss the removal of concerning breast implants
Dec 23, 2011
French health authorities may recommend that approximately 30,000 women in France get their breast implants removed after doctors continue to warn about cancer risks and possible ruptures, according to Time Magazine.
The French National Cancer Institute will now be looking at the issue, and determining if this recommendation needs to be issued sooner rather than later. Until then, the British Association for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons released a statement for those who have the implants.
"Surgeons will be in contact with any patient who has received this type of implant if any action is required," it said. "If women are worried or believe that their implants may have ruptured, they should contact their implanting surgeon."
According to the American Cancer Society, this disease is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer. However, the death rate has been decreasing since 1990 due to an advancement in research and breast cancer health news. There are currently 2.5 million survivors in the U.S.