france weighs drastic measures for 30,000 women with breast implants considered risky
Emmanuelle Maria\'s breasts are burning and a piece of silicone gel is protruding under her arm.
Her implant exploded inside her.
But she said her doctor told her there was nothing wrong with it.
Now she wants the French government to tell 30,000 women to remove the implants
Funded by the state-
Remind people to pay attention to their risks and avoid potential pain and insult to others.
The French health authorities are considering an unprecedented drastic action under the appeal of the implanted wearer and the main physician: Investigators say they recommend a large-scale operation, in order to get rid of a breast augmentation operation in the country, which was secretly made with cheap industrial silica gel, its medical risk is not clear.
European governments took a wait-and-see view of France\'s decision Friday.
Tens of thousands of women in Britain, Italy, Spain and other European countries are following the same
Filled implant made by now-
Poly, a French company that has closed down, has implanted Prothese, or PIP.
Health officials from several European countries called on Wednesday to discuss implant surgery in Portugal
General health, doctor
Francisco Jorge told The Associated Press.
A spokesman for the European Commission, Frederic Vincent, said no decision had yet been made, but France informed other countries.
France is mainly concerned about the risk of rupture.
According to the French health and safety agency AFSSAPS, more than 1,000 of 30,000 such implants in France have been cracked --
And the uncertainty of what risks the suspected industrial silicone gel will bring when it leaks inside the body.
At the same time, eight women who had been implanted had cancer, including a woman who died in November, indicating concerns and increasing the pressure on the government to act.
Friday\'s government decision will depend in part on the guidance of the French National Cancer Institute.
Related implants are not sold in the United StatesS.
There, concerns about silicone gel implants led to 14-
They are prohibited.
After the study excluded cancer, erythema and some other problems, silicone implants were brought back to the market in 2006.
The British health authorities say they see no reason so far for the French --
The artificial implants were systematically removed and there was insufficient evidence to suggest a link between silicone implants and cancer.
Italy\'s health ministry will hold a meeting on Thursday to discuss France-made implants.
Experts from the French Ministry of Health will meet on Friday to decide what to recommend for implanted women.
Last year, the implants were removed from the market after the French authorities found that the company had incorrectly reported the type of silicone used.
Plastic surgeons at St. Louis hospital in Paris, Maurice Mimon, said the rupture could cause a leak inside the silicone gel.
This in turn may require surgery on other parts of the body to remove it.
\"The problem is that these implants are made with gel that we don\'t know about,\" he said in an interview . \".
\"Once these implants have been removed, the story is not over yet. . .
\"We don\'t know if there will be any other consequences,\" he said.
Mimoun advised the government to push for the removal of the implant, but insisted that surgery was not required in a hurry.
Women have filed more than 2,000 legal complaints since last year\'s recall of implants, and PIP officials are under investigation.
Investigators suspect that the company has used cheaper industrial silica gel instead of medical silica gel in implants, with a cost reduction of 1 million euros ($1. 3 million)a year.
The company has suspended its activities and is in liquidation.
The company\'s mobile phone is no longer working properly, and the email sent to employees has not been answered.
Implant Maria says she wants new breasts to improve herself.
The picture was taken after puberty was plagued by a bone disease that scarred her.
She received PIP silicone implants in 2007 and started burning in early 2010.
She consulted her surgeon and another specialist he recommended.
\"They told me,\" she recalled, \"there\'s no problem \'.
She then went to two other doctors who confirmed that both implants had broken.
She removed them and planted two new ones at her own expense --
It was done by another company.
\"This product is very dangerous.
They told us there was nothing toxic, \"she told The Associated Press by phone at her office in La Seyne --sur-
Mer in southern France
The town where PIP is located.
She accused the company and the surgeon of \"playing Russian roulette for the health of others \".
\"Tina, a retired French woman who removed her PIP implants earlier this year, had no pain when they broke, but she said, she is now concerned about the possibility of leaking into her body in the months that she unknowingly receives a burst implant.
\"It\'s time for surgeons to acknowledge that these implants are at special risk.
What we need is a little bit of humanity, \"she said, embarrassed by the dangerous ignorance and frustrated that the doctor did not warn her of the PIP implant after recalling it last year.
She did not wish to use her last name because her entourage was unaware of her enhanced chest.
It is recommended that removal of implants for all 30,000 French women with these artificial breasts will cost the French national health care system a lot and bring logistical challenges in finding enough surgeons for surgery
The French health system does not pay for cosmetic breast implants, which account for the majority of breast surgery, but government spokesman Valerie peckles said if health and public safety emergencies are involved, national health care will cover the cost of implant removal surgery.
\"However, it is not clear whether the state will pay for the replacement of the implant.
It is believed that about 40,000 women in the UK have also implanted PIP.
The UK drug and health care products regulator said its own test did not find evidence of toxicity to PIP implants and that women should remove them.
But the agency said in a statement that \"any new evidence will be given priority.
The British Association of plastic, plastic and cosmetic surgeons said the expected announcement by the French medical authorities was a \"preventive measure \".
\"If any action is required, the surgeon will be in contact with any patient who has received this implant,\" it said . \".
\"If women are concerned or think their implants may have broken, they should contact their implant surgeon.
The Italian Ministry of Health said it was monitoring \"the possible health risks associated with PIP implantation implied by the French authorities\" and held a meeting of top health experts on Thursday.
The general health administration of Portugal is estimated at 1,500-
Jorge said that 2,000 Portuguese women had undergone implant surgery and advised them to go to the doctor for examination.
In Denmark, authorities say less than 100 women have had breast implants, and the Danish drug administration has maintained close contact with the French authorities.
The French company used to sell salt water.
In the United States, the implant was filled, but its authorization was revoked after re-installation
The Food and Drug Administration\'s assessment in 2000 was mainly due to studies that the FDA considers incomplete.
___ Lauran Neergaard in Washington, lawless Jill in London, Francis D\'Emilio in Rome, Barry Hardon in Lisbon, sherangels Madrid contributed to the report at the Copenhagen summit on January.