Against Breast Implants
.c The Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -
Country singer Loretta Lynn is warning women about the dangers of silicone
``You women out there that have breast implants,
it is dangerous. Have them jerked out,'' Lynn says in the April
21 issue of Country Weekly magazine.
The 63-year-old entertainer
had her 25-year-old implants removed in January because of leaking silicone
that had attached to nerve endings, her rib cage, backbone and tissue.
was a mess. It went all over,'' Lynn said. Without surgery, ``I
would have died.''
Last week, Dow Corning Corp.
entered private settlement negotiations with women who sued over silicone
breast implants, sparking the company's bankruptcy filing. The company
has offered $3 billion to settle 177,000 worldwide
breast implant claims, but
the women say it's not enough for the surgeries and illnesses they endured.
The Food and Drug Administration
in 1992 restricted silicone gel implants to mastectomy patients in medical
experiments. Saline-filled implants are still available for use in cosmetic
and reconstructive surgery.
Lynn's hits include ``I
Wanna Be Free'' and ``Coal Miner's Daughter.''