Two specific types of silicone breast implants were formally approved by the U.S. FDA in 2006. Now, Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro of Connecticut has reintroduced the FDA Scientific Fairness for Women Act, which includes language that would rescind the FDA approval of silicone implants until safety can be demonstrated for the life of the implant.
This appears to be a purely political move. No implant, saline or silicone, is a lifetime device-no medical device is a lifetime device. It has been demonstrated by independent studies such as the one by the National Institute of Health that found silicone implants are not linked to autoimmune disease, cancer or other ailments as originally purported by some women in the 1990s. Moreover, the post-approval studies the implant manufacturers are conducting (which women are encouraged to participate in) are the best means available in addition to the current historical data to demonstrate the continued safety of silicone implants.
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