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BREAST IMPLANT ILLNESS…Take the next steps

February 13 is Breast Implant Illness Awareness Day and It is time to take the next steps forward; it is time for oncologists, breast surgeons, plastic surgeons and other practitioners to not only be aware of breast implant dangers, but to inform their patients that this could happen. How can we take these next steps forward?

1. AWARENESS: Medical conferences and annual society meetings are a place where medical professionals network to share their expertise, case studies, new techniques. Patient experience is now driving the standard of care. Invite patient advocates to the conferences to gain a perspective on what the patient experience is like. We are always happy to attend and join in on a panel discussion.

2. INFORM: The FDA has recently issued a Black Box Warning on all breast implants, there has been a worldwide recall on all Allergan Biocell textured devices, and in October 2021 the FDA has imposed new restrictions on manufacturers. Let's take action and ensure their patients are informed. The FDA must issue a Dear Health Care Provider letter to ensure that medical professionals are informed and practitioners must inform patients of the risks.

3. CHANGE: When we know better, we need to do better. Let us collaborate and help. The patient’s real world experience is valuable and should be a part of improving the standard of care. We are available to volunteer our time to join forces to find solutions.

4. SCIENCE: Evolve with the science. Twenty years ago, the entire world thought that breast implants were safe. Decades ago, doctors were also saying that smoking cigarettes was great for our health. When science tells us differently, it is time to evolve. It is now apparent that breast implants are not as safe as previously thought. Hundreds of thousands of women have become sick from breast implants and studies show they regain their health and feel better after having them removed. That is powerful science that cannot be ignored.

Join us at GPAC, the Global Patient Advocacy Coalition, where we are working globally with practitioners, patient advocates, medical societies, and regulatory agencies to improve the standard of care. Please reach out to us and follow our website for updates.

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