France recalls 30,000 breast implants amid cancer fears
30,000 silicone breast implants have been recalled in France over concerns that they could be linked to cancer.
French authorities are advising women who received the implants which were supplied by Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) to have them removed.
The recall comes as eight suspicious cases of cancer, including five cases of breast cancer, have been linked to the PIP implants which were banned last year.
It is suspected that PIP, which was also shutdown in 2010, used a cheaper silicone gel to make the implants which had not been authorised for medical use.
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In fact, the silicone gel by PIP was more suited for use in the computer and electronics industry as opposed to the health and medical sector.
A 2010 study which was conducted by the French Society of Plastics revealed that the silicone implants had an unusually high ‘rupture rate.’
The news was initially reported by French newspaper Liberation.
While talking to the newspaper about the recall, Dr Laurent Lantieri, a plastic surgeon who is part of a special committee put together by the French government to deal with the issue, said: “We have to remove all these implants.
“We're facing a health crisis, linked to a fraud. All women who have PIP implants should return to see their surgeons urgently.”
Meanwhile, Valerie Pecresse, a spokesperson for the French government, also told Liberation: “We must first proceed by identifying the women who had these implants and who are potentially in danger.
“It is urgent for all women who have PIP implants to return to see their surgeons.”
A criminal investigation has been launched by police in France after 2,000 complaints from women with the implants.
Fellow French newspaper Le Monde is also reporting that 523 women have had the implants removed since the safety of the PIP products was called into question.
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”