TOXIC CHEMICALS FOUND IN BREAST IMPLANTS
THE cocktail of chemicals inside controversial PIP breast implants given to thousands of Brit women can be revealed today.
The shock ingredients discovered include substances normally associated with petrol, nail varnish remover and rubber.
Some of the 68 compounds found are so hazardous that strict rules govern how they can be used.
Yet 47,000 Brit women with PIP implants have them in their bodies.
Government testing of the gel filler found ingredients used in hairsprays, deodorant and paint.
Several of them have been linked to health problems.
Those tests were carried out 20 months ago.
But the details are only revealed today after a three-month battle by the Daily Star Sunday to obtain the full 51-page report.
Until now all officials have said is the implants contain industrial grade silicone.
The chemicals discovered include:
Toluene, found in furniture polish. It can cause health issues if inhaled.
Acetone, used in superglue and nail polish removers.
Types of xylene, used in paint thinners and sealants, one of which is said to be potentially dangerous to the central nervous system.
Cyclohexane, which is found in car exhaust gases and is inflammable.
Traces of the insecticide carbon disulfide.
Ethylbenzene, which is used in the production of polystyrene and is linked to asthma.
Several ingredients can interfere with the nervous system if above allowable limits. Officials who studied the results found they were not.
Experts we asked to examine the results pointed out that many of the chemicals appeared to be very small amounts.
But one chemistry professor said: “There may be a tenth of a millionth of a gram but that doesn’t mean that it’s not of concern.
“Some components can be very toxic in small amounts. I wouldn’t necessarily want to have those in my body, regardless of size.”
Another said: “There are a lot of nasty things in there.”
The implants were made in France by an allegedly fraudulent company.
Ella Kilford, 21, has been suffering pain from her implants but doesn’t yet know if they have ruptured.
She said: “When I went for them I didn’t feel like I needed to know exactly what was in them.”
Ella, of Portsmouth, Hants, added: “We’ve all got to keep going so we get the answers to this.”
The tests were carried out by scientists at Covance Laboratories in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Government experts who studied the report’s findings in 2010 concluded there was no evidence PIPs were a cancer risk or of chemical toxicity of the filler.
A two-page summary was published in January this year but we have now forced the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency to release it in full.
Its spokesman denied the information had been withheld. And he said experts found “no evidence of a safety risk to women”.
He added: “The conclusions are published and are available on the MHRA website.”
He also revealed new tests are under way on the fillers used in PIPs.