Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Thousands of British women told to 'have breast implants removed if you're worried' as French authorities issue cancer alert

The French government is to foot the bill for tens of thousands of women to have their breast implants removed, amid fears they are at a heightened risk of cancer.

But a similar number of British women who also have the controversial implants face hefty surgical bills for the same treatment.

The row comes amid growing concern about the safety of the French-made implants, filled with a silicone gel believed to have been made for mattresses.

Yesterday the French government told all women with the implants to have them taken out. It also said it would foot the entire bill in up to 30,000 cases.

But the lack of any similar scheme in the UK has led to accusations that British women, including breast cancer survivors, are being left in limbo.

Up to 50,000 women in this country have the Poly Implant Protheses, or PIPs, which were among the cheapest on the market and widely used in cosmetic clinics both here and abroad. Read More