The National Health Service of the United Kingdom has carried out an investigation with the objective of determining the possible long-term health risks of the breast implants developed by the French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), and has reached the conclusion that although these prostheses do present a significant percentage of rupture - almost twice that of other prostheses, the silicone they contain is not toxic nor does it pose a health risk.

The study analyzed 240,000 breast prostheses of different brands and different countries, implanted to 130,000 women, which were compared with 5,600 prostheses that had been removed to patients. The analysis revealed that the chemical substances contained in the implants are neither toxic nor carcinogenic (it had come to be related to the development of breast cancer).

The study confirms that PIP prostheses present a significant percentage of rupture, but concludes that the silicone they contain is not toxic nor does it pose a risk to health

However, the new report confirms that PIP implants are much more likely to break and leak their contents to the body. In addition, the researchers observed that the chances of PIP implants breaking up increased between 6 and 12% five years after placement, and between 15 and 30% after ten years of use, demonstrating its inferior quality if they are compared with those of other brands.

If the implant breaks, the material it contains can irritate the affected area and cause inflammation or pain in the lymph nodes of the patient. For this reason, and although the research has found no evidence recommending a generalized extraction of implants, all women are advised to wear them and to show some sign indicating a rupture, such as a lump, pain, or sensitivity. to consult with your doctor as soon as possible.

Breast Implant Illness Part 1 - Deep Dive (November 2019).