Safety concerns raised over breast implants

Safety concerns raised over breast implants
An investigation has raised safety concerns about the most commonly used type of silicone breast implant in the UK. Women in France are now being advised not to use “textured” silicone implants while authorities investigate links with a rare form of cancer. British women are still having the implants put in and there has been no warning from the UK regulator to stop. It says it will take action when it sees there is a problem. A Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) spokesman said: “We know that there are ongoing concerns about the safety of silicone breast implants – we’re keeping a very close eye on that.” Manufacturers say the safety of the implants is supported by extensive testing and studies, as well as more than a decade of use in America and Europe. The BBC’s Panorama programme has been investigating implants with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and organisations around the world, including the Guardian newspaper and the British Medical Journal.

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