Breast Implants in
There's been a lot of media coverage lately about breast implants and their damaging effect on women. Here are some links to media stories & videos that tell the story.
Here's the latest of what's been happening on the Canadian landscape with regards to Breast Implants.
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Orillia woman leading crusade against breast implants
Jan 5, 2019 - Orillia - "With MP Bruce Stanton's help, local woman petitioned Health Canada to probe negative impact of breast implants"
Faulty and unproven medical devices implanted in Canadian patients despite known risks
Oct 10, 2019 - Toronto Star
Never-before-released federal data shows at least 1,400 Canadians have died since 2008 in incidents involving devices that were designed to help them. During those 10 years, another 14,000 Canadians were injured.
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Breast-implant-related complications, including cancer, kept secret thanks to broken reporting system.
Nov. 29, 2018 - Toronto Star - Manufacturers have avoided reporting troubling incidents and patients have not been told about health risks, according to a Toronto Star/CBC/Radio-Canada investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
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These women have been advocating in their States to get Mandatory Informed Consent - and they finally got it!
Patient advocates push US states to mandate breast implant warnings
Frustrated by FDA delays, some survivors are promoting laws to require informed consent before breast implant surgery in at least six states. READ MORE from Sasha Chavkin
Feb 20, 2020 - PHOENIX — Women who want to get breast implants would be required to get more information about the side effects under the terms of legislation approved Wednesday by a Senate committee.
The unanimous vote for SB 1439 followed testimony by several women who told the Health and Human Services Committee about the health effects, often lasting years, after they had implants. The women all said that they never were informed of what could go wrong. READ MORE
December 3, 2019 - "Canadian Plastic Surgeons Are Pro-Active" A letter was sent to all members of the Society of Canadian Plastic Surgeons & members of the Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, by their respective Presidents, outlining the currently available data on the issue of BIA-ALCL, and recommendations for diagnosis & treatment.
Download a copy of this letter to take to your Surgeon or Family Doctor.
"Recalled" ... On July 24, 2019, the FDA requested that Allergen recall these products because of the increased risk of a cancer called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).
When your car has the possibility of a faulty part, you get a letter from the manufacturer telling you to go straight to your dealer and get it replaced. When lettuce on a farm in California is found with e-coli, all the lettuce gets pulled off the shelf in grocery stores across Canada. But what happens when Breast Implants get recalled?
Christina Morales from Periscope Group says that one would think "enough studies and quality assurance tests should have been conducted to keep patients safe, right?" Read more
June 10, 2019 - CBC News - What patients with textured breast implants need to know - with plastic surgeon Dr. Nancy Van Laeken (Vancouver, BC)
May 28, 2019 - CTV News - Health Canada suspends sale of Allergan textured breast implants - linked to cancer
May 2, 2019 - Statement from FDA Principal Deputy Commissioner Amy Abernethy, M.D., Ph.D., and Jeff Shuren, M.D., J.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health on FDA’s new efforts to protect women’s health and help to ensure the safety of breast implants
March 25, 2019 Dr Jan Willem Cohen Tervaert, an Immunologist from Edmonton, AB, rocked the FDA Hearing with his amazing presentation showing the relationship between Silicone in the breast, & Immunological disease.
Nov 13, 2017 CTV News re growing trend to explant.
April 26, 2018 Global News re Alberta woman who speaks out about breast implants
Nov 30, 2018 - CBC Marketplace - Buying breast implants: Hidden camera investigation
Jan 19, 2019 CBC Radio-Canada - Breast implant safety: The Trouble is Skin Deep
Mar 4, 2019 Dr Nicholas Tarola - Importance of Enbloc Capsulectomy
April 4, 2019 - Global News - More & more women across Canada have suffered health complications they believe are associated with their breast implants.
April 9, 2019
From the ICIJ Files - an interview with Sasha Chavkin - Women still aren’t being taken as seriously as men when it comes to their health.
May 19, 2019 - Global News: This Ontario woman had reconstruction after breast cancer. Now she warns of risks of having breast implants, and shares her symptoms
April 11, 2019 - CBC: Alberta women with breast implant illness are urging doctors to warn others of risk
April 9, 2019 - Sudbury Star - Sudbury-area woman felt 'poisoned from the inside out’. She is now trying to help other breast implant survivors.
April 4, 2019 - Global News: Health Canada moving to ban textured breast implants over cancer risk
April 4, 2019 - ICIJ: Canada, Netherlands Halt Sales of Cancer-Linked Breast Implants
April 4, 2019 - The Star: Health Canada moves to ban textured breast implants
March 26, 2019 - The Star - Four Canadian women - two of them, BIA-ALCL survivors - speak at the FDA Hearings in DC, urging the FDA to take textured implants off the market.
Feb 12, 2019 - Health Canada will be updating its safety review of breast implants
Feb 8, 2019 - ICIJ - French inquiry urges ban of Biocell breast implant but balks at blanket prohibition
Feb 6, 2019 - NBC News - Breast Implants linked to cases of cancer, FDA admits
Dec 20, 2018 - The Star Health Canada introduces new safeguards against faulty medical devices, including breast implants
Nov 30, 2018 The Star Breast implant recipients say doctors gloss over risks
Nov 26, 2018 The Star - Biocell breast implants at centre of ‘biggest controversy in plastic surgery
Nov 29, 2018 The Star - Breast-implant-related complications, including cancer, kept secret thanks to broken reporting system
Nov 25, 2018 Coverage by ICIJ, presenting the Canadian landscape of suffering women without support by our medical community.
June, 2018 Longevity - Are Your Breast Implants Poisoning You?