It’s especially painful when the people you stop trusting are surgeons
News in from the BBC. It’s a little trick of theirs: burying breast implant concerns days before Christmas.
All women with breast implants or undergoing breast implant surgery have rights to access healthcare and rights to informed consent. Tens of thousands of healthy women and women with breast cancer have been implanted with silicone implants by surgeons believing there are few risks because “silicone is inert”.
Here’s the science
Silicon, without an ’e’, is an abundant, naturally occurring substance.
Silicone, with an ‘e’ is a synthetic cocktail of chemicals, plastic, adhesives and polyurethanes.
Any scientist will tell you SILICONE is NOT INERT.
The real problem is the industry and its stakeholders. The implanting surgeons, their associations, the manufacturers, their shareholders, the clinics and the regulators want us all to believe that synthetic silicones and polyurethanes are safe implanted in women’s breasts.
It’s clear, too many media bosses, politicians, government ministers, clinics, surgeons and their associations are blinded by the financial incentives.
Over a 5year period between 2013 and 2018 in the USA, Allergan, manufacturer of now banned Natrelle Biocell Textured Polyurethane Foam implants, is on public record as having paid almost $600million dollars in free lunches to implanting US surgeons.
In the UK, manufacturers have extremely cosy ties with Regulators, clinics and implanting surgeons.
In yesterday’s BBC News, surgeons’ associations do not make calls for funding or for research into claims of breast implant illness. They don’t refer to breast implant cancer (BIA-ALCL), an emerging cancer first recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2011, which is caused by breast implants. Nor do they mention the global ban on many brands of implants that are linked to breast implant illness around the world including PIP and Allergan implants, which are still in womens’ bodies!
“BII is not officially recognised as a condition in the UK. BAAPS (The British Association of Aesthetics and Plastic Surgeons) says there is no scientific evidence to support a direct link between the illness and implants.
“If you feel better, I’ll believe you but I have to say it’s in your head it’s not in your breasts,” says plastic surgeon Graeme Perks.
“Any scientist would tell you if the illness is related to a problem with the silicone, it doesn’t switch off the moment the silicone implant is removed, and so that makes you very suspicious that we don’t know enough about what’s going on,” he adds.
BBC Newsbeat 20 December 2019
‘My breast implants made me feel like I was dying’ https://bbc.in/2s7raNq
PIP Action Campaign continues calls for a criminal investigation into health and safety Regulatory standards in the UK.