1. Breast implantation is regarded by many as one of the most contentious and dangerous of human experiments in the history of medicine.  Though considerable controversial opinion rages, there remains no scientific evidence to refute the claims that women can and do get sick from silicone.
2.There is no such thing as a safe breast implant, be they silicone gel or saline with a silicone shell.  Any surgeon who tries to convince women otherwise is looking to obtain financial advantage by deception.
3.Knowledge about the dangerous chemicals in breast implants cannot be disclosed either to women considering implants, or to those suffering their ill effects who are in desperate need of diagnosis and treatment.
4.Manufacturer trade secrets prevent medical practitioners in Australia from knowledge of the dangerous chemicals contained in breast implants.  Surgeons cannot discharge their legal duty to warn prospective breast implant recipients of the material risks inherent in either silicone or saline breast implantation.
5.It is claimed that more than 60% of women with breast implants will develop complications to a greater or lesser degree.  Some silicone breast implant recipients become ill.  Some become very ill.  Some die.
6.Every breast implanted woman carrying breast implants (the equivalent of a chemical factory) around in her body for years, even decades, runs the risk of cancer.  Known carcinogens are among the dangerous chemicals used in the gel in silicone breast implants, and in the encasing shell in both silicone and saline breast implants.
7.Breast implanted women present with numerous clinical signs, symptoms and complaints associated with allergic responses.  These include fatigue, dry eyes, dry mouth, joint inflammation, mental confusion, cough, shortness of breath, pleuritic chest pain, abnormal pulmonary function, hair loss and rashes.
8.In the absence of any manufacturer proof of safety, women in Australia rely merely on ‘reasonable steps’ having been taken to establish the quality, safety and efficacy of implants.
9.The regulatory failings of the Therapeutic Goods Administration, and the impediment that Australia’s manifestly inadequate Freedom of Information laws pose to women making informed choices, combine to ensure that there is no woman in Australia who can give informed consent to breast implantation.
10.Surgeons not privy to proprietary information/trade secrets, who assure prospective recipients that breast implants are safe, and proceed with implanting an unknown cocktail of chemicals into the bodies of women in Australia cannot discharge their legal duty to take reasonable care.
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Barbara Stanistreet
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