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Abortion & Cancer!

Posted by on Oct. 15, 2010 at 6:09 PM
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Abortion Boosts Breast Cancer Risk 193% Study Finds, Giving Birth Lowers It

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 13
, 2010

Babol, Iran (LifeNews.com) -- Researchers in Iran have published the results of a new study showing women who have an abortion face a 193% increased risk of breast cancer. On the other hand, women who carry a pregnancy to term find a lowered breast cancer risk compared with women who have never been pregnant.

The study folllows on the heels of new reports indicating Komen for the Cure gave $7.5 million to the Planned Parenthood abortion business in 2009.

The findings were reported in the April 3, 2010 issue of Medical Oncology but are coming to the public's attention only now.

Hajian-Tilaki K.O. and Kaveh-Ahangar T. from Babol University of Medical Sciences compared 100 cases of women who were newly diagnosed with breast cancer compared with 200 age-matched controls to review several reproductive factors.

The researchers discovered abortion significantly elevated breast cancer risks. Also, having a first pregnancy at an older age increases the breast cancer risk by 310 percent -- which has implications for women who have relied on birth control and delayed a first pregnancy until later in life.

The Iranian scientists also confirmed what other studies have found, namely that increasing parity or the number of births reduces the breast cancer risk significantly.

Reporting on the study, the FoodConsumer web site indicated women with parity equal to or greater than 5 reduced their breast cancer risk by 91 percent compared with women who had never been pregnant and not given birth. Each additional birth also reduced the breast cancer risk by 50 percent.

The Iranian study came just before another research study conducted by scientists in Sri Lanka, which found women who had an abortion in the past were 242 percent more likely to contract breast cancer.

That study was published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology and found a 3.42 odds ratio against women having abortions compared with those who kept their baby.

Abortion was the most significant factor in the study on breast cancer risk and researchers found a significantly reduced risk associated with prolonged duration of breastfeeding a newborn.

Malintha De Silva and colleagues from the University of Colombo led the study.

Combined with the Iranian study and others from the U.S., China and Turkey, five studies in the last 18 months have shown abortion elevates breast cancer risk.

In the one from the Unite States, Louise Brinton, a NCI branch chief, served as co-author.

She and her colleagues admitted that "...induced abortion and oral contraceptive use were associated with increased risk of breast cancer." The authors cited a statistically significant 40% increased risk of breast cancer following an abortion.

"It's becoming increasingly difficult for the NCI to keep its fingers and toes in the dike," said Malec, "especially since many researchers in other parts of the world do not depend on the agency for grants."

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by on Oct. 15, 2010 at 6:09 PM
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katy_kay
by on Oct. 15, 2010 at 6:16 PM
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Yes, 1 in 4 women that spontaneously abort (aka miscarriage) are also at greater risk of breast cancer.  The risk isn't directly associated with the having an abortion but rather the termination of a pregnancy...it really doesn't matter how that pregnancy is terminated.

"Lifenews" should work on being a bit more factual.  The money SGK Foundation gives to Planned Parenthood is earmarked to go to breast cancer screenings and mammograms.  Their funds do not go to fund abortion services.   

CoeyG
by on Oct. 15, 2010 at 8:06 PM
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 Funny I had an abortion 35 years ago and no breast cancer here.  Of course no one in my family has had breast cancer either.  There goes that "theory"...

tericared
by on Oct. 15, 2010 at 8:10 PM
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Quoting katy_kay:

Yes, 1 in 4 women that spontaneously abort (aka miscarriage) are also at greater risk of breast cancer.  The risk isn't directly associated with the having an abortion but rather the termination of a pregnancy...it really doesn't matter how that pregnancy is terminated.

"Lifenews" should work on being a bit more factual.  The money SGK Foundation gives to Planned Parenthood is earmarked to go to breast cancer screenings and mammograms.  Their funds do not go to fund abortion services.   

 Facts VS Propaganda.....I'll take fact for 100 Alex

Thanks katy_kay

 

ashleyrenee24
by Ashley on Oct. 15, 2010 at 8:23 PM

This has been debunked MANY times.

LilyofPhilly
by on Oct. 15, 2010 at 8:33 PM
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Who conducted this study? Who funded it? Is abortion legal in Iran? Is religion instrumental in the Iranian government? When you can answer these questions, then I'll take this "study" seriously. In the mean time, this is what the rest of the medical community has to say:


What the Experts Say In February 2003, the National Cancer Institute, a branch of the National Institutes of Health, convened a workshop that evaluated studies on abortion and breast cancer and assessed whether an association between abortion and breast cancer exists. Over 100 of the world's leading experts on pregnancy and breast cancer, including epidemiologists, clinicians and breast cancer advocates participated.4 These experts concluded that studies have clearly established that "induced abortion is not associated with an increase in breast cancer risk."4 This conclusion was reviewed and unanimously approved by the NCI's top scientific advisors and counselors.4

The rest of the facts can be found here:

http://www.prochoice.org/about_abortion/facts/abortion_breast_cancer.html

Does it mean nothing to you to spread lies, as long as they suit your agenda, Blondie? 

tericared
by on Oct. 15, 2010 at 8:34 PM

 

Quoting ashleyrenee24:

This has been debunked MANY times.

 Yes it has,

 

Friday
by on Oct. 15, 2010 at 8:34 PM

 

Quoting katy_kay:

Yes, 1 in 4 women that spontaneously abort (aka miscarriage) are also at greater risk of breast cancer.  The risk isn't directly associated with the having an abortion but rather the termination of a pregnancy...it really doesn't matter how that pregnancy is terminated.

"Lifenews" should work on being a bit more factual.  The money SGK Foundation gives to Planned Parenthood is earmarked to go to breast cancer screenings and mammograms.  Their funds do not go to fund abortion services.   

 Thank you. So tired of the bs and propaganda.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

tericared
by on Oct. 15, 2010 at 8:35 PM

 

Quoting LilyofPhilly:

Who conducted this study? Who funded it? Is abortion legal in Iran? Is religion instrumental in the Iranian government? When you can answer these questions, then I'll take this "study" seriously. In the mean time, this is what the rest of the medical community has to say: What the Experts Say In February 2003, the National Cancer Institute, a branch of the National Institutes of Health, convened a workshop that evaluated studies on abortion and breast cancer and assessed whether an association between abortion and breast cancer exists. Over 100 of the world's leading experts on pregnancy and breast cancer, including epidemiologists, clinicians and breast cancer advocates participated.4 These experts concluded that studies have clearly established that "induced abortion is not associated with an increase in breast cancer risk."4 This conclusion was reviewed and unanimously approved by the NCI's top scientific advisors and counselors.4

 

 

LilyofPhilly
by on Oct. 15, 2010 at 8:49 PM


Types of Studies

In order to understand which studies give us the most accurate information, it is helpful to know more about how the studies are done. There are two basic ways to conduct research on this topic; one looks backward in time at the abortion experiences of women who have breast cancer, and the other looks forward in time at the development of breast cancer among women who have had abortions.

  • In case-control studies, scientists compare women who have breast cancer with similar women who do not. Both groups are asked whether they have had abortions in the past.
  • In cohort studies, scientists compare women who have had abortions and similar women who have not. Both groups are examined again as years pass to determine whether they develop breast cancer.

Case-Control Studies and Recall Bias

Of the two, case-control studies have a higher likelihood of inaccurate results because healthy women and women with cancer report information about their medical history differently. When healthy women are asked very personal questions about their sexual lives, especially about a topic as sensitive as abortion, there is a strong tendency not to report truthfully on abortions they have had. On the other hand, women being treated for breast cancer are strongly motivated to give their doctors very accurate information, and they are less likely to forget to report an abortion they have had. Comparing the two groups of women, those with breast cancer will appear to be more likely to have had abortions, even if this is not actually the case. Scientists call this difference in how women report their medical history "recall bias."

A 1996 case-control study among Dutch women5 demonstrated how recall bias works. Scientists found that in areas of the country where abortion is socially accepted, women with breast cancer and women without breast cancer reported equal numbers of past abortions. But in regions where attitudes about abortion are less tolerant, healthy women reported fewer past abortions than women with breast cancer. Because it is not reasonable to assume that abortion leads to breast cancer in one place but not in another, the researchers concluded that attitudes about abortion led some of the healthy women to under-report their abortions if they lived in places where abortion was not socially accepted. Other case-control studies have found similarly conflicting results, with some suggesting that abortion and breast cancer may be linked, and others finding no connection at all.

Cohort Studies

Cohort studies are not affected by recall bias, because scientists monitor the women directly from the time of their abortions until the time of any breast cancer diagnosis, and they do not need to rely on potentially faulty memories of past events. Scientists consider the results of cohort studies to be much more accurate than case-control studies. Cohort studies, however, take many years to complete and they are very expensive, so fewer of them are done. Of all cohort studies which have been published to date, none have shown a link between abortion and breast cancer.

The research problems discussed above can be overcome when accurate and complete life-long medical records are kept. In some European countries, where the government maintains a complete health registry on each citizen, studies using these unbiased records can be very informative. In fact, the most convincing cohort study of abortion and breast cancer involved over 1.5 million women in Denmark.6 Using data from national registries, scientists found that abortion had no overall effect on the risk of breast cancer.

Some Additional Facts

  • A single study reporting a link between two events does not, by itself, prove that the first event caused the second. Both events might be caused by some unknown third factor.
  • Some anti-choice organizations have worked hard to stir up fears that abortion causes breast cancer even though there is a strong consensus in the scientific community that no such link exists. Anti-choice groups promote these scientifically unwarranted conclusions as if they were established facts in order to frighten women and discourage them from having an abortion. Anti-choice activists are opposed to legal abortion under almost any circumstances, regardless of its safety. Their real goal in this controversy is preventing women from exercising their legal right to choose abortion, not protecting women's health.
  • If you are considering abortion, your health care provider can give you the most up to date information on new research on abortion and the risk of future breast cancer.

References

  1. National Cancer Institute, Lifetime Probability of Breast Cancer in American Women.
  2. National Cancer Institute, Cancer Facts, March 2003. See also section of this fact sheet entitled "Types of Studies."
  3. National Cancer Institute, Cancer Facts, March 2003.
  4. See National Cancer Institute, Summary Report: Early Reproductive Events and Breast Cancer Workshop
  5. Rookus, M.A. & van Leeuwen, D.A. "Induced Abortion and Risk for Breast Cancer: Reporting (Recall) Bias in a Dutch Case-Control Study." Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 1996, 88(23): 1759-1764.
  6. Melbye, M. et al. "Induced Abortion and the Risk of Breast Cancer." The New England Journal of Medicine, 1997, 336(2): 81-85.

LilyofPhilly
by on Oct. 15, 2010 at 8:52 PM

How socially acceptable do you think abortion is in Iran?

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