Czechs urged to see doctor over French breast implants

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Czech health authorities on Tuesday urged women who received now-banned French breast implants prone to rupture to "see their doctors", but said they had not yet recorded any implant-related illnesses.

Questioned by AFP Tuesday, the Czech Republic's SUKL public health authority said it had no statistics on the number of Czech women who may have received the French-made Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) brand implants.

Between 300,000 and 400,000 women in 65 countries from Europe to Latin America are believed to have implants made with sub-standard gel PIP used to cut its costs.

Fears over the implants spread globally last month after French health authorities advised 30,000 women to have their PIP implants removed because of the increased risk of rupture.

"No link has been established between the implants and the appearance of cancer in French patients," the SUKL said, adding it was in contact with France's AFSSAPS health safety agency.

French officials have said that cancer, including 16 cases of breast cancer, has been detected in 20 French women with the implants but have insisted there is no proven link with the disease.

On Monday French radio station RTL reported the implants contained an untested fuel additive and materials including Baysilone, Silopren and Rhodorsil, all of which are industrial products never tested or approved for clinical use.

The products, used in the oil or rubber industries, allegedly caused the silicone gel implants to have a high rupture rate, RTL reported.

Based in the south of France, PIP was shut down and its products banned in 2010 after it was revealed to have been using industrial-grade silicone gel that caused abnormally high rupture rates.

© 2012 AFP

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