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    2 Phl lawmakers warn of breast implants

    TWO Filipino lawmakers want to create a body under the Department of Health (DOH) that will identify and promote research on health implications of breast implants to ensure that women and their doctors receive accurate information about breast implants.
    Reps. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City) and Maximo Rodriguez, Jr. (Party List, ABAMIN) on Monday filed House Bill 3322 to provide complete and accurate information about the potential health risks and advantages of breast implant.
    Rufus Rodriguez said breast implants have been widely suspected to increase the risk of a range of problems, including cancer, connective tissue disease, implant rupture and hematoma.
    “And despite reports and conjectures showing adverse health impacts of breast implants, there are still women who consider having breast implants," Rodriguez said.
    Under the measure to be known as Breast Implant Research and Information Act, the Breast Implant Research Committee shall be created and mandated to give accurate and complete information to the Secretary of Health with regard the risk of breast implants.
    The research shall include a multidisciplinary, clinical and case-controlled study of women with breast implants.
    Meanwhile, Maximo Rodriguez said the committee shall be composed of two representatives from the DOH, one representative from other agencies, four physicians with established credentials in the area of breast implants and two women who have or have had breast implants.
    The Secretary of Health, Maximo Rodriguez said, shall act as the chair of the committee and shall convene meetings of the committee, not less than twice each year, and compile information for the consideration of the full committee at such meetings.
    The committee shall ensure that materials concerning breast implants provided by DOH are available, up to date, and responsive to reports of problems with breast implants, and that timely aggregate data concerning such reports shall be made available to the public upon request and consistent with existing confidentiality standard.
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