France ponders removing risky breast implants

Prompted by calls from implant wearers and leading doctors, French health authorities are considering a drastic and unprecedented move: recommending mass surgery to rid the country of a type of breast implant that investigators say was secretly made with cheap industrial silicone whose medical dangers remain unclear. The main concern in France is the risk of rupture — more than 1,000 of the 30,000 such implants in France have burst, according to the French health safety agency AFSSAPS. Meanwhile, eight cases of cancer among women with the implants, including one who died in November, have crystallized concerns and heightened pressure on the government to take action.

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