The FDA just lifted its ban on silicone implants. Instead of waiting for safety studies, they have decided to allow them back on the market with a “wait and see” attitude to see if any problems crop up. The FDA is supposed to hold off on the approval of drugs and medical devices until safety can be established, but it appears they are once again violating their own rules to protect the profits of big business. It seems to be a common practice for the FDA to leave drugs are devices that are found to be very dangerous or deadly on the market unless the FDA is forced to remove them.
The safety of silicone implants has been in question for quite a long time. Back in the early 60s both Dow Corning Wright (DCW), and the FDA submitted interoffice memorandums admitting that the original breast implants could cause problems due to the polyurethane coating, which decomposed in the body in to the carcinogen TDA. Despite the known danger both DCW and the FDA did not remove these implants from the market but rather stated that their use should be limited. The coated implants were eventually banned because of the danger of cancer from these type implants.
Safety problems did not end there though. Silicone implants have been suspected of causing a host of problems from autoimmunity to connective tissue disorders. Talking to women over the years with silicone implants I have heard complaints suspected from the implants including skin disorders, chronic sinus infections, joint disorders, memory loss, etc. A personal friend of mine developed breast cancer in her right breast after her right silicone implant ruptured. She had the implants replaced with saline implants thinking they were safer. The cancer was eventually put in to remission with herbs and ozone therapy. When her saline implants started to leak she started developing malignant tumors all over her body. She sold her ozone unit to help cover her medical bills. I received a call one day from a mutual friend and I was told that our friend was in hospice. She passed away shortly afterward. I have no doubt that the implants were a direct cause of her death.