French health authorities will soon decide whether women should have the silicone implants removed, amid fears of cancer risks.

PIP used non-medical grade silicone believed to be made for mattresses, meaning the cheap implants were more likely to split.

About 10 per cent of them did so within the first year. On average, implants should last 10 years.

But the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) says no evidence into possible links with cancer supports removal.

It is thought up to 40,000 British women have the PIP silicone implants.

The MHRA said it had worked in consultation with the cancer registry as well as professional bodies for breast surgery and surgical oncology.

“The MHRA’s current advice to women with any type of breast implant continues to be that women who are concerned about their breasts or think that their implants may have ruptured, should seek clinical advice from their implanting surgeon,” the agency said.