According to the official figures, breast implants leave women with & # 39; brain fog & # 39; and fear.
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) has recorded 32 reports of women with psychological reactions to breast implants.
Aside from the past five years, the numbers show that women believe that their implants have a negative impact on their brains and bodies.
The revelation comes as 250 women prepare to sue the manufacturer of a widely used implant in the UK, Allergan.
Women are trying to take legal action against the company because of the links between its textured implants and a rare cancer that has affected 57 British women.
Julie Harris has helped countless women undergo breast augmentation surgery. Now she is one of the 250 women who take legal action against the makers of her own implants
The regulatory body for medicines and healthcare products monitors claims for symptoms of breast implant diseases associated with breast implants.
Although BII is not a medically recognized condition in the UK or the US, there are more and more calls for doctors to help women claim that they suffer from its various effects.
It has received reports from 32 women with mental symptoms of BII, according to The sun, with the true number probably much higher.
Although BII cannot be tested, women say their implants have caused them problems such as forgetfulness, anxiety, sleep disorders and depression.
Women told Channel 4 Dispatches, which will be broadcast tonight, that they find it difficult for doctors to take their breast implant disease seriously.
The link to cancer, in particular breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), is also receiving increasing attention.
Six of the women in the class action against Allergan are considered to have BIA-ALCL – a rare blood cancer that is linked to textured implants.
Others claim that they were not adequately warned about the risks of the operation.
The medical authorities advise that the implants do not have to be removed.
But the case will be of interest to the estimated 500,000 women who have had implants in the UK – about three percent.
NURSE & # 39; IN THE DARK & # 39; RISK ON CANCER
Julie Harris has helped countless women undergo breast augmentation surgery. Now she is one of the 250 women who take legal action against the makers of her own implants.
As a consultant nurse for two decades at Harley Medical Group in Manchester, she sat down with hundreds of women and advised them to have implants installed.
Mrs. Harris, 57, was so confident in the technology that she had undergone the procedure herself.
In 2005 she had PIP implants installed. But when fear arose in 2012 that PIP implants could leak, Mrs. Harris had them removed and replaced with Allergan implants.
In August last year she was diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) by the breast implant. She has had six chemotherapy cycles since then.
She said: & # 39; If someone had said something about the risk of cancer, I would never have had the Allergan implants. None of the patients received fully informed consent because I did not have that information myself. & # 39;
The first case of BIA-ALCL was already registered in 1997 – but until recently patients were still unaware of the risk.
It is not known why the & # 39; highly structured & # 39; Biocell implants – which have lost their safety authorization in Europe – have been associated with cancer, but possible explanations may be toxic substances in the gel and shell of the implants, the abrasive power of the shell or bacterial contamination during surgery.
The risk is still considered very small. Only 57 women in the UK have been diagnosed with ALCL linked to the implants – with only one death.
Experts believe that the risk is equal to one in 28,000 implants – although a study suggested that the Allergan brand had a risk of one in 3800 people.
Doctors have found that ALCL can be effectively treated in most cases if implants are removed. But it can spread and be deadly if missed.
Warning signs include swelling or pain at the implant site or fluid under the skin.
The MHRA said: & # 39; Our advice remains unchanged: there is no new evidence of an increased risk for patients and there is no need for people with breast implants to have them removed.
& # 39; Our opinion is in line with the approach of the majority of EU Member States and is based on comprehensive clinical advice that is constantly being reviewed. & # 39;
Allergan said in a statement: & # 39; We have had 57 reports of ALCL related to breast implants.
& # 39; The safety of (our) implants is supported by extensive pre-clinical device testing, over a decade of worldwide clinical use, as well as a large number of peer-reviewed and published studies. & # 39;
Meanwhile, the MHRA is examining breast implant disease for concerns that it is a & # 39; new type of disease & # 39; is.
In the US, Breast Implant Illness is listed on the regulator of the Food and Drug Administration website as a possible & # 39; risk and complication & # 39; of breast augmentation surgery.
Symptoms may include asphyxiation, heart palpitations, brain fog, skin rash, hair loss, joint pain, anxiety and depression.
The MHRA said in a statement: & # 39; We continue to follow the information received about breast implants through our system for reporting unwanted incidents and other sources, such as published research.
& # 39; We will continue to work with European and international supervisors and experts to monitor issues and will take appropriate security measures where necessary. & # 39;
Mrs. Harris, 57, was so confident in the technology that she had undergone the procedure herself. Pictured with her daughter Kelly
Presenter Abbie Eastwood told Channel 4 about how breast implants affected her health after she was operated on at the age of 25.
She said: & # 39; My hair fell out, I had memory fog, aches and pains, utter exhaustion. I had to stop working. I spent whole days in bed. & # 39;
An NHS spokesperson said: & # 39; Although there is currently no clinical evidence that these symptoms represent a new form of disease, women they experience should seek advice from their doctor as soon as possible. & # 39;
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