Abortion Drug RU 486 Wouldn’t Help Most Women With Breast Cancer

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 30, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
November 30
, 2006

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Scientists released a new study Thursday showing the RU 486 abortion drug as able to treat mice with the gene that causes breast cancer. Though the drug helped block the breast cancer gene, 90 to 95 percent of women contracting breast cancer won’t get it from the gene and are still susceptible to the abortion-breast cancer link.

Eva Lee of the University of California led the new study, which was published in the Friday edition of the medial journal Science.

Some women can contract breast cancer from a cancerous gene called BRCA1 that is passed down to them. The hormone progesterone triggers the gene and causes it to produce the cancer.

When the RU 486 abortion drug, also known as mifepristone, acts to kill an unborn child, it relies on a progesterone blocker that ultimately results in starving the developing baby.

Lee’s study showed the abortion drug blocked the hormone and stopped the cancer from forming in the mice with the BRCA1 gene.

Lee told the Associated Press that people need to be "cautious" about the results of her study and that she hoped another progesterone-blocking drug, other than the RU 486 abortion pill, could be created to help women.

"I do think if there is a better anti-progesterone available, hopefully there will be other options in the future for these women," she said.

But even if the RU 486 abortion drug, which has been responsible for the deaths of 12 women worldwide, is used to combat the BRCA1 gene, it wouldn’t address the breast cancer concerns of the overwhelming majority of women.

According to the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, "women can inherit abnormal genes, such as the BRCA genes, which make breast cancer more likely to form."

Women can also develop an abnormal gene by their exposure to carcinogens and estrogen, as is the case with an abortion, and those are the ways most women typically contract breast cancer. It is also possible to have a family history of breast cancer without inheriting the BRCA1 gene, BCPI says.

The breast cancer organization ultimately says that avoiding abortions is a great way for women to lower their breast cancer risk.

"Having an induced abortion, especially as a teenager or before you have a full-term pregnancy, increases [breast cancer] risk," the group says. "If you do have an abortion, taking contraceptive steroids after an abortion will increase risk further."

"However, subsequently having children and breast-feeding them will reduce the risk," it concludes.