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Breast implants 'not a cancer risk' say experts.

Summary: British women who have silicone breast implants made by a French firm have been told that there is no evidence of any cancer risk.

British women who have silicone breast implants made by a French firm have been told that there is no evidence of any cancer risk by experts in the UK.

Officials in France are due to make a ruling later this week over implants made by Poly Implant Prosthese (PIP), a move that could see 300,000 asked to have their implants removed.

The UK watchdog, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), revealed their findings earlier - stating that there was no evidence to support removal of the implants.

Around 50,000 British women are thought to have had the implants, which have been linked to the death of a French woman from a rare form of cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL).

The implants are filled with a non-medical grade gel and there have been reports the protective barriers are faulty.

The MHRA said it was aware of the death in France, but its own testing last year revealed no evidence of a link with cancer.

The MHRA said results from its own testing "confirmed that there was no evidence of genotoxicity (potential for cancer) or chemical toxicity of the filler material inside these implants."

In June, the US Food and Drug Administration said women with breast implants may have a very small but increased risk of developing ALCL, which is a rare type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

The agency said it was aware of around 60 cases of ALCL in women with breast implants but this was a "a very small fraction of the five to ten million women who have received breast implants worldwide".

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