France becomes first country to ban breasts implants (Photo: Twitter)
In the first of its kind, France has banned several types of textured breast implants that have been linked to a rare form of cancer. According to the BBC, the ban covers several models of the implants with a textured surface, which are produced by six manufacturers which have been linked to a type of cancer that attacks the immune system.
The ban, which according to BBC tool effect on Friday was a ‘’precautionary measure’’ taken in light of the "rare but serious danger" posed by the implants, the National Agency for Medicines and Health Products (ANSM) said in a statement. The ANSM further noted that a "significant increase in cases of anaplastic large-cell lymphoma linked to the wearing of breast implants since 2011".
Since 2011, 59 cases have been recorded in France, according to the ANSM, and most women affected by the disease had textured breast implants. Additionally, out of an estimated 400,000, 70,000 women are believed to have received the implants in France.
The implants, characterized by a textured, Velcro-like surface that adheres to the breast tissue, are suspected of being linked to anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, a rare form of cancer reports New York Post.