Paris, April 9: 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 reports, 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 implants, characterized by a textured, Velcrolike surface that adheres to the breast tissue, are suspected of being linked to anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, a rare form of cancer. Since 2011, 59 cases have been recorded in France, according to the ANSM, and most women affected by the disease had textured breast implants. Although the safety agency did not find a causal link between the cancer and the implants, it said it was imposing the ban as a “precautionary measure.”
In December, Allergan, one of the makers of textured implants, halted European sales after its certification expired. The French safety agency had asked for additional data on the implants, but the company said it could not provide it before the expiration date. At the time, the ANSM said it had not “identified any immediate risk for the health of women carrying the implants concerned,” and it did not mention the unusual cancer.