by Steven Ertelt
April 4, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Another medical organization has gone on record as acknowledging that a link exists between induced abortion and breast cancer. The Philippine Foundation for Breast Care wrote a letter to the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, a woman’s group that monitors information about the link, saying that it exists.
Cristina Santos, MD, president of PFBCI, wrote that the board of directors and members of her group recognize that the link exists.
"[W]e acknowledge the abortion and breast cancer link based on the physiologic changes in the breast lobules of a woman who chose to deliberately interrupt her pregnancy (induced abortion) and the risk for breast cancer this will pose to that woman," Dr. Santos wrote.
Though abortion is technically illegal in the Philippines, Santos said there are an estimated 500-800,000 abortions annually. That has resulted in an increase in breast cancer rates for Filipino women.
"Alarming to note that in 2004, the Philippines has the highest incidence of breast cancer in Asia," Santos wrote. "Indeed, women should be made aware of the abortion-breast cancer link."
Karen Malec, president of the Coalition, said, "We are thankful for the courage shown by Dr. Santos, her board of trustees and members of PFBCI in acknowledging the link."
Malec explained that during the first two trimesters of pregnancy, the hormone, estrogen — a recognized carcinogen — increases dramatically and stimulates cancer-vulnerable Types 1 and 2 breast lobules to multiply, thereby causing breast growth.
At 32 weeks gestation, another process — "differentiation" — protects women from estrogen. It shuts off the ability of the cells in Types 1 and 2 lobules to multiply and matures the lobules into cancer-resistant Types 3 and 4 lobules.
Seven other medical groups acknowledge that abortion leaves women with more cancer-vulnerable lobules and another, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, has said the abortion-breast cancer link is "highly plausible."
Related web sites:
Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer – https://www.abortionbreastcancer.com.