French health authorities have announced that almost 8,000 French women have followed government advice to have faulty PIP breast implants removed. It is estimated that around 30,000 women in France had PIP implants which risk rupturing.
Naharnet reported the French ANSM health product and drug safety agency said a total of 7,868 implants had been removed as of the end of April.
ANSM also said "48 cases of breast cancer had been detected in women with the implants," an increase of 28 cases since figures cited by Medical Xpress as of Dec. 28. However, there is no established causal link between the implants and incidences of breast cancer.
Poly Implant Prothese (PPI), the company that produced the faulty implants, was shut down in 2010. Digital Journal reported PPI implants contained an untested fuel additive, and industrial rather than medical silicone. PPI founder Jean-Claude Mas, 73, has been charged with causing "involuntary injuries" and was jailed in March for failing to pay bail. Mas is also facing civil charges.
An estimated 300,000 to 400,000 women worldwide received the faulty implants. PPI silicone was also used in male chest and testicle implants.