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Silicone Breast Implant Research Questioned

A women's health organization is questioning whether an industry-funded study asserting the safety of silicone breast implants drew the proper conclusions. In a release available on, the National Research Center for Women & Families noted that two studies, one funded by silicone maker Dow Corning and one by the National Cancer Institute, both found elevated rates in deaths from respiratory cancer among women with silicone implants.

However, the center says, the Dow study attributes the difference to smoking, but the NCI study does not, and it does not rule out implants as a possible cause. The NCI study also found higher rates of suicide for the silicone-implant users. Another study, the center says, found high levels of platinum in the breast milk of women with silicone implants. These findings could make FDA's pending decisions on silicone implants even more difficult.

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