Press release

Chief Medical Officer statement on breast implants

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Women with PIP implants should not be unduly worried. We have no evidence of a link to cancer or an increased risk of rupture

Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies said:

“Women with PIP implants should not be unduly worried. We have no evidence of a link to cancer or an increased risk of rupture. If women are concerned they should speak to their surgeon.

“I will be writing to GPs so that they are aware of the concerns women may have and can talk them through with their patients.

“While we respect the French Government’s decision, no other country is taking similar steps because we currently have no evidence to support it. Because of this, and because removing these implants carries risk in itself, we are not advising routine removal of these implants.

“The Secretary of State has been liaising with his French counterpart,
and the MHRA is in contact with the French regulatory agency. Our experts will continue to examine any further evidence from France and across the world on this issue, and will keep this situation under close review.”

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