France Weighs Removal of Risky Breast Implants
French health authorities are considering a call by leading doctors to tell an estimated 30,000 women to get their breast implants removed amid warnings about health risks.
Officials from the Health Ministry are meeting Friday to decide what to recommend for women who have silicon implants made by French company Poly Implant Prothese, or PIP.
Some doctors say the implants pose a risk of rupture. A French cancer institute is also studying whether there are links between the implants and eight women who developed cancer after receiving them.
Some 40,000 women in Britain are believed to have the PIP implants as well. Britain's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency said its own testing had found no evidence of toxicity in the PIP implants and no evidence to suggest women should have them removed.