by Steven Ertelt
October 16, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new study published in the October issue of the International Journal of Cancer claims that induced abortions do not have any effect on a woman’s risk of contracting breast cancer. However the article confirms previous research showing that carrying a pregnancy to term reduces a woman’s risk.
Conducted by Dr. Gillian K. Reeves, of the University of Oxford, the study also found that having a baby has a protective effect for women.
"It is well established that pregnancies that end in a full-term birth ultimately confer a protective effect on breast cancer risk," Reeves wrote in the IJC research article.
At the same time, Reeves said that "the effect of incomplete pregnancies on the risk of breast cancer has been less clear" despite numerous research studies showing induced abortions increase the risk of contracting breast cancer.
The researchers studied 267,361 women enrolled in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition between 1992 and 2000 to determine whether abortions or miscarriages played any role in affecting breast cancer rates.
According to a Reuters report, the data came from women in nine countries who were followed for an average of 6.6 years. Some 4805 of the women in the study were diagnosed with breast cancer.
Reeves’ study found that women who had induced abortions or one miscarriage did not have a higher risk of getting breast cancer while those who had more than one miscarriage had a slightly increased risk.
"Overall, the findings provide further unbiased evidence of the lack of an adverse effect of induced abortion on breast cancer risk," Reeves concluded in the article.
The study contradicts numerous others that have shown induced abortions clearly increase the risk of contracting breast cancer.
Dr. Joel Brind, a professor at New York’s Baruch College, points to the fact that breast cancer cases have risen 40 percent since abortion was made virtually unlimited in the 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade.
In 1996, Brind and other researchers conducted a synthesis of all the major studies done in the field to that time.
They concluded that women who had an abortion before their first term child had a 50% increased risk of developing breast cancer while women who had an abortion after their first child sustained a 30% increased risk.
In 2000, the British Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in England wrote that "the Brind paper had no major methodological shortcomings and could not be disregarded."
Of the 41 studies which have been previously published, 29 show increased risk of breast cancer among women who have chosen abortion. According to the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, some 16 of those studies are statistically significant.
In total, eight medical groups recognize an independent link between abortion and cancer, including the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, which says the abortion-breast cancer link is "highly plausible."
Previous studies have also confirmed that carrying a pregnancy to term reduces the breast cancer risk.
Researchers at the German Cancer Research Center found a woman’s risk of contracting breast cancer is lowered and the decrease is more substantial the more pregnancies a woman has had.