By CBS News Staff
French health experts plan to meet Friday to decide what to tell the 30,000 women who have potentially dangerous breast implants.
The implants in question, made by France-based Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), contained a cheaper silicone typically used to make computer parts, CBS News reported. Doctors have been concerned the implants pose a rupture risk due to the weaker material, but now they fear a link to cancer after eight women with the implants were diagnosed.
More than 1,000 of the implants have ruptured, according to the French health and safety agency AFSSAPS. The implants were taken off the market last year after French authorities discovered the company misreported the type of silicone it used.
Friday's decision will depend partly on guidance from the French National Cancer Institute, which is studying whether the implants could increase cancer risk.
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