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Create national breast-implant registry to help prevent complications: committee

In this Dec. 11, 2001 file photo, a silicone gel breast implant is shown at a manufacturing facility in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam, file) In this Dec. 11, 2001 file photo, a silicone gel breast implant is shown at a manufacturing facility in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam, file)
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OTTAWA -

The House of Commons health committee is echoing long-standing calls from plastic surgeons and patient advocates for a national breast-implant registry to prevent illness and problems linked to the medical devices.

The committee says in a report today that a national registry would allow the federal government to trace specific implants, contact patients in the case of a recall, and contribute to research related to breast implants.

Health Canada officials told the committee breast implants are associated with a range of potential complications, including life-threatening ones.

There have been several private members' bills introduced in Parliament calling for the creation of a national registry, but none have made it far.

The committee is also recommending that Health Canada formally recognize "breast-implant illness," which is characterized by fatigue, anxiety, chronic pain and nervous-system dysfunction.

The federal department is assessing illnesses linked to breast implants, but has not yet taken a position on the issue due to a lack of available data.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 30, 2023.

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