On Friday, conflicting advice was issued by France and Britain to tens of thousands of women with breast implants made of cheap industrial silicone that some fear pose health risks.
Around 30,000 French women were urged by the government to seek eek removal of the implants, made by now-defunct French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) that may rupture and cause inflammation and irritation.
But in Britain, where an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 women are affected, Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies said: “Women with PIP implants should not be unduly worried. We have no evidence of a link to cancer or an increased risk of rupture. If women are concerned they should speak to their surgeon.” Removing implants “carries risks in itself”, she said. “I do think that every woman who has these implants should go and get checked … It’s better to have them replaced than to worry about them rupturing,” said British woman Pat Demetriou, who had faulty PIP implants removed in 2010.