Komen for the Cure Races as Research Shows Abortion-Breast Cancer Link
by Steven Ertelt
October 7, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — With October as breast cancer awareness month, Komen for the Cure is sponsoring races and events across the country to raise awareness of the potentially fatal disease. However, Komen isn’t providing women with information on a way to help prevent breast cancer by not having an abortion.
Although abortion advocates, and Komen, dismiss the research, experts have clearly shown an abortion-breast cancer link.
The upshot? Having an abortion increases a woman’s risk of having breast cancer while carrying a pregnancy to term lowers it.
A July study done on women in Turkey who had abortions found a 66 percent increased risk of contracting breast cancer as a result.
Dr. Vahit Ozmen and his colleagues at the Istanbul Medical Faculty at Istanbul University and Magee-Women’s hospital in Pittsburgh conducted the new retrospective study.
They published their findings in the April 2009 issue of the World Journal of Surgical Oncology and examined women who, between January 2000 and December 2006, were admitted to clinics of Istanbul Medical Faculty for examination.
The researchers said that their findings showed abortion was "significantly associated with increased breast cancer risk."
"Breast cancer risk was found to be increased in women with … induced abortion (95% confidence interval)" and an age above 35 years-old at the time of a first live birth.
"Our study revealed that spontaneous abortion was associated with the decreased risk of breast cancer in univariate analysis whereas induced abortion was associated with increased breast cancer risk in both univariate and multivariable analyses," they wrote.
In 2007, a study published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons found abortion is the best predictor of whether women will contract breast cancer.
Patrick Carroll of the Pension and Population Research Institute in London conducted this new study and showed that countries with higher abortion rates, such as England & Wales, could expect a substantial increase in breast cancer incidence.
"Induced abortion is found to be the best predictor, and fertility is also a useful predictor," he writes. "The increase in breast cancer incidence appears to be best explained by an increase in abortion rates, especially nulliparous abortions, and lower fertility."
Komen is also not telling women that, when they have an unplanned pregnancy, having a baby lowers the breast cancer risk.
A study by Harvard University researchers in April 2007 contained confirmation that carrying a pregnancy to term helps reduce a woman’s risk.
The researchers affirmed previous studies showing that a full-term pregnancy before age 35 reduces the long-term risk of developing breast cancer.
They said the fact was well-established and that their own research renewed the evidence for it.
Karin Michels of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, who headed the study, said that someone who has had an abortion "misses out on the potential benefit she would have had if she had a full-term pregnancy."
Also, 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.
Dr. Janet Daling, who considers herself pro-abortion, brought the abortion-breast cancer link into the mainstream when her 1994 research found that among women who had been pregnant at least once experienced a 50 percent increase in breast cancer risk when having an included abortion.
Other subgroups found that women who had a family history of breast cancer experienced an 80 percent increased risk when having an abortion and teenagers saw their risk doubled if having an abortion before the age of 18 — with all teens with a family history and an abortion getting breast cancer.
The later statistic should be considered a big public health issue because 30,000-50,000 teenagers every year with a family history of breast cancer have an abortion and all of them are likely contracting breast cancer in later years as a result.
Citation: Ozmen et al. Breast cancer risk factors in Turkish women – a university hospital-based nested case control study. World J Surg Onc 2009;7:37.
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