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www.networkshe.com45an all-female team we feel we are in a better position to empathise with claimants and women don't need to feel embarrassed about discussing aspects of their claim or providing sensitive photos. If you have had PIP implants in the last 5 - 10 years I would say it is definitely worth finding out the type that you have. If you do have the PIP implants but don't have symptoms I would still say it is worth getting yourself checked out and, because of their safety record, consider having them replaced with an alternative. Anyone who has suffered because of PIP implants including time off work, trauma and stress, may well be entitled to compensation.If you are concerned about PIP implants and want to find out more please call Samantha Peddie at Vantage Law on 0151 229 1843 or email samantha@vantagelaw.co.ukones have. They were filled with tyre and mattress filler, which made them much cheaper than alternatives, probably why so many clinics chose to use them over the safer alternatives. Many women have had it worse than me. Although PIP implants aren't poisonous, in some cases lymph nodes have had to be removed following a leak. Women who have been through this experience deserve to be compensated for the trauma. I wanted to use my own experience to help other women in the same situation and Vantage Law is now pursuing claims for women affected by PIP implants. I am working alongside a specialist female barrister to provide a service that is sensitive to the personal nature of these claims. As The waiting was agonising - I felt like I was living in a nightmare. I couldn't sleep or eat and my work and home life were severely affectedIt is thought that around 47,000 women in the UK have been fitted with PIP implants which have hit the headlines recently with concerns over their safety. Despite the fact that a review led by the NHS's medical director has found that they do not cause a long-term threat to human health, it did conclude that PIP implants have double the rupture rate of other implants. Around 95% of these implants have been fitted privately with around 5% being fitted on the NHS, mostly for breast reconstruction following cancer. PIP was founded in 1991 by former travelling salesman Jean-Claude Mas to take advantage of the rapidly growing market for cheap cosmetic implants. The sub-standard gel he used enabled him to boost the company's sales and make himself a multi-millionaire. The scare raises questions about regulations within the cosmetic surgery industry and has caused anxiety to thousands of women, prompting many to have their implants removed and replaced with alternatives, necessitating a second round of painful surgery and the downtime associated with that. Vantage Law is a boutique law firm run by solicitor Mark Pollard and personal injury specialist Samantha Peddie. Samantha has her own experience of PIP implants and is now pursuing claims for other victims of the scandal.Did youknow?All you need to know about boobs

All you need to know about boobsTo look at, Kristin Hallenga is just your average 25 year old woman with painted nails, too many rings, her favourite boots and an oversized bag. And some of you may be forgiven for thinking that CoppaFeel! is just your average charity if there is such a thing. It is anything but average. CoppaFeel! is a breast cancer awareness charity that educates young people on the importance of checking their boobs regularly and knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. It was founded in October 2009 by Kristin who herself was misdiagnosed twice with breast cancer at age 23 and now lives with secondary breast cancer, in the form of inoperable tumors which call her spine home. Given the 1 in 25,000 odds, Kristin was diagnosed with Stage IV secondary breast cancer at 23 because she was unlucky. But she was also unaware. Unaware of the risk of breast cancer. Unaware of the need to check her breasts regularly. Unaware of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. And unaware of her body. CoppaFeel! was founded out of a need to right these wrongs.CoppaFeel! is the only awareness and education breast cancer charity in the UK. And the only one that targets young people.www.coppafeel.org46Network She I Autumn/Winter 2012Kris and Maren Hallenga with mum JaneAll you need to know about boobs