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Europe's PIP implant scandal continues to widen

Article-Europe's PIP implant scandal continues to widen

London — As many as 7,000 more women may be victims of the PIP breast implant scandal, The Guardian of London reports.

Following tests that revealed the now-defunct French firm Poly Implant Prosthese (PIP) used substandard silicone in their implants for far longer than thought, British Health Secretary Andrew Lansley urged women who received implants before 2001 to see their physicians as a precaution.

More than 40,000 women in the U.K. were already thought to have had faulty PIP implants. French health authorities originally said PIP’s use of substandard silicone began in 2001, but now say the bad silicone was used before then. The new information could potentially affect 7,000 more women in Britain.

Authorities in the Netherlands also issued a warning saying that women who had PIP implants before 2001 should consider having them removed.

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