Confusion continues over breast implant scandal
The global health scare triggered by faulty breast implants shows no signs of easing as thousands of women in the UK continue to receive mixed messages from leading officials.
An estimated 300,000 implants made by French firm Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) have been fitted in as many as 65 countries over the last 12 years.
The implants were subsequently banned in 2010 after surgeons realised they ruptured more easily than other brands of implements and leaked silicone.
One fatal case of cancer and 16 in total in France have been linked to the implements, according at an article published in the Daily Mail.
Both the French and German governments acted to urge women in those respective countries to have PIP implements removed as a precaution, but a review or rupture rates by their UK counterparts has found no evidence to order similar measures.
Health secretary Andrew Lansley recently told the BBC: "The overwhelming evidence continues to support the advice we've given women previously.
"It is not advisable for women to routinely have implants removed because the risk associated with an operation of that kind would outweigh the benefit of removing these implants."
That leaves the 50,000 women in the UK that are reported to have PIP implants in a state of limbo as the row intensifies over whether or not to have them removed and who should foot the bill for undertaking the surgery.
Those people who had implements fitted on the NHS are eligible to have them removed and replaced free of charge should they wish to.
Mr Lansley said in a statement on the NHS website: "We believe that private healthcare providers have a moral duty to offer the same service to their patients that we will offer to NHS patients - free information, consultations, scans, and removal if necessary."
While the NHS has offered to remove PIP implants for free, Transform, a leading cosmetic surgery firm, insist their 4,000 patients with the implants will have to pay for the procedure out of their own pockets.
A spokeswoman for Transform confirmed: "Currently, Transform patients will have to pay to have a removal and re-operation."
Anybody who has PIP implants that they believe may have ruptured should seek medical attention without delay, and those affected by breast implant problems should click here for information about making a personal injury claim.
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