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    France: Remove Bad Breast Implants

    Dr. Maurice Mimoun, a plastic surgeon at the St Louis hospital, holds silicone gel breast implants made by French company Poly Implant Prothese, or PIP, that he removed from a patient because of concerns that they are unsafe, Paris, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. French health authorities are considering whether to suggest that an estimated 30,000 women in France get their breast implants removed, amid warnings by leading doctors about risks of rupture and possible cancer risks. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Michel Euler / AP Photo

    French media is reporting that the government will order thousands of women this week to remove defective silicone breast implants. The move comes after a French company was shut down last year for making implants with cheap silicone normally used in electronics. By that point, 30,000 women in France had already received such implants, plus another 40,000 women in Britain. The bad implants also carry a high chance of rupturing, and panic peaked this week when French health officials announced that at least eight women who received them developed cancer (though no connection between silicone and breast cancer has been proven.) At least 2,000 French women have already filed police complaints. Another 250 British women are suing the U.K. clinics that gave them the bad implants.

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