British women who developed a form of cancer linked to their breast implants launch legal action

Mail Online | 8/16/2019 | Alexandra Thompson Senior Health Reporter For Mailonline
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Twenty women in the UK are taking legal action after they developed a rare cancer that is possibly linked to breast implants.

Textured implants are thought to cause breast implant associated-anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) in some patients.

Women - Condition - UK - Hundreds - Worldwide

More than 50 women have been diagnosed with the condition in the UK, with hundreds more suffering worldwide.

Many are taking legal action against both their doctors and the implants' manufacturers to cover removal surgery, as well as personal injury and 'distress'.

Safety - Breast - Implants - Surgeon - Women

The long-term safety of breast implants is unclear, prompting one surgeon to say women are being used as 'guinea pigs'.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) estimates one in every 24,000 implants sold in the UK could trigger the rare form of cancer.

Cases - BIA-ALCL - Worldwide - March - International

At least 688 cases of BIA-ALCL had been diagnosed worldwide by March, according to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

The number is believed to be much higher in reality, with the US' Food and Drug Administration reporting 660 cases and nine deaths by September last year.

UK - Cases - MHRA - Women

In the UK alone, 57 confirmed cases were diagnosed after 2012, according to the MHRA. At least one of these women died.

Textured implants are thought to trigger BIA-ALCL due to the way the surface disturbs living cells or the chemicals the implants are coated in.

Type - Implant - Texture - Shape

They are said to be be the preferred type of implant because the texture helps create a natural shape.

Among other expenses, the women taking legal action want the cost of their initial surgery paid for, with some also seeking compensation for 'potential financial loss' as a result of the procedure.

Lawyer - Zahra - Nanji - Firm - Leigh

Their lawyer Zahra Nanji, of the personal-injury firm Leigh Day, told the BBC: 'I really do believe strongly the manufacturers, producers and distributors of these implants need to take responsibility.'

The firm is building a civil court...
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