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Surgeries to Remove Faulty Breast Implants Begin

Yesterday, surgeries to remove PIP breast implants began at the Landspítali University Hospital, vísir.is reports.

landspitali-hallgrimskirkja_domLandspítali University Hospital.

It is believed that 440 Icelandic women have the faulty implants, out of which 393 women received a letter from the Ministry of Welfare inviting them to have them removed. The implants will not be replaced with new ones during the procedure.

Out of the 393 women, 154 have already turned to the Iceland Cancer Society and had ultrasounds. According to the latest statistics from the Directorate of Health, 58 percent of these women had implants which were found to be leaking.

The ratio of women with faulty implants has decreased significantly since the first examinations were conducted, dropping from more than 80 percent to the current 58 percent.

The European Union is currently investigating whether the industrial grade silicone the French PIP implants contained is in fact more harmful than other kinds of silicone. Until now, test results have been inconclusive.

There have been speculations that the silicone is carcinogenic, but this has been difficult to confirm as the implants contain different chemical compounds.

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