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Lynn Warns Against Breast Implants

April 11, 1998 GMT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Country singer Loretta Lynn is warning women about the dangers of silicone breast implants.

``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.

``It 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.″