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Japan prepares to cover cancer-related breast implants

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Japanese women can now get medical insurance coverage for breast implants following surgeries needed after cancer. A panel from the country's Ministry of Health signed off on the change, Japan Daily Press reports, which will take effect in July. The move is intended to help cancer patients who have otherwise fielded the $10,500 approximate cost of the breast implant procedure following cancer-related mastectomies on their own, according to the article. Older silicone implant models are covered by the decision. The industry could ultimately benefit as a push continues to expand the coverage to include newer implant varieties. Story