Abortions Can Lead to Breast Cancer - Why Is This Suppressed?

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Abortion and breast cancer link

When scheduling my first mammogram, the administrative assistant asked me a series of questions, one of which was, "Have you ever had an abortion"? I asked if abortion was linked to breast cancer. Her reply, that surprised me, was "yes".

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I was startled by this information, because I had never heard of this before.

In further study. I became aware of some very convincing abortion-breast cancer statistics - at least 28 recent studies that all point to abortion being a cause of breast cancer. Some of them even show abortion to be a major factor for causing breast cancer.. In fact, the number one cause out of 7 possible known causes.

Breast development during pregnancy leaves the breast tissue vulnerable

During pregnancy, many changes happen to a woman's body, including, of course, to her breasts. The female hormone estrogen, a known carcinogen, increasingly creates breast tissue clusters called lobules. Estrogen causes cell division, but when the division goes amiss, cancer is the result. During the first part of pregnancy, the estrogen increasing the lobules creates breast tissue that is less stable than it is later in the pregnancy, when the lobules are mature.

The mature breast tissue is far less susceptible to the cancer-causing effects of estrogen, while not-yet-matured, unstable tissue in in the first stages of pregnancy is highly susceptible to it, which is where the breast tissue is left at the time of an abortion. Afterwards, the partially formed breast tissue is vulnerable to cancer can occur during a woman's monthly cycle, or when taking hormonal contraceptives like the pill.

The Multi National Study on Abortion and Breast Cancer

In 2007, abortion was studied in 8 countries (England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Irish Republic, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Finland, and Denmark) and it was determined that abortion was the best predictor of breast cancer.

13 Studies on Abortion and Breast Cancer from India

In India, the abortion rates are very low, due to the fact that girls there typically marry young, have children and breastfeed, all of which are factors to decrease breast cancer.

That makes India the perfect demographic to observe the ABC link and study abortion-breast cancer statistics. The evidence is overwhelming. The percentage number represents the increased percentage of getting breast cancer after an abortion.

- 580% U. Raza (2011) (Pakistan)

- 179% N. Kaur (2011)

- 91% R. Lodha (2011)

- 966% A.B. Roy (2014)

- 108% S.M. Balasubramanaim (2013)

- 180% U. Talkalar (2014)

- 242% M. De Silva (2010) (Sri Lanka)

- 1,962% S. Jabeen (Bangladesh) (2013)

- 626% A. S. Bhadoria (2013)

- 121% M. Rai (2008)

- 22% K.S. Santhy (2012)

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- 475% R. Kamath (2013)

These studies found that, on average, risk of breast cancer is a staggering 439 percent higher after an abortion, or chances of breast cancer is four times higher if a woman has had an abortion.

Critics of the ABC link

Recall Bias

Critics dismiss the findings from the studies using the term 'recall bias', also known as 'response bias' or 'reporting bias', suggesting the women are not telling the truth.

A leading expert on the ABC link, Endocrinlogist Joel Brind, admits there is evidence to show that women might lie about abortion history to researchers. However, the recall bias argument is valid only if the healthy women neglected to reveal past abortions more than the women who had cancer and he says there's too much evidence that shows they do not.

Researcher Bias

Critics also stae the findings are skewed due to biases of the researchers involved. However, the scientific community widely does accept the findings.
Even pro choicer, Dr. Janet Daling of the National Cancer Institute, whose 1994 study backed the link, admitted this.

"If politics gets involved in science, it will really hold back the progress that we make. I have three sisters with breast cancer, and I resent people messing with the scientific data to further their own agenda, be they pro-choice or pro-life. I would have loved to have found no association between breast cancer and abortion, but our research is rock solid, and our data is accurate. It's not a matter of believing, it's a matter of what is."


What if?

What if the findings of these multiple studies showed that breast cancer was not caused by abortions, would they then deny and ignore the studies stating the possibilities that participants lied and researchers are biased? Or would the studies take center stage?

The Cancer organizations that deny the findings

The ABC link is denied by The American Cancer Society, The American Congress of Obsetricians and Gynecologists and the UK's Royal College of Obestretians and Gynaecologists who cite the National Cancer Institute, who hosted a two-day workshop concerning this very issue in 2003, which concluded with the statement that abortion is "not associated with an increase in breast cancer risk."

One participant in the workship, Dr Joel Brind, disagreed with the conclusion, and has published details criticizing the workshop - one of which is, unbelievably, their failure to invite speakers that supported the link. Since that time, NCI's Dr. Louis Brinton, who was one of the workshop's leaders has also joined the researchers who support the ABC link.

The list of ABC supporters grows

The list of ABC supporters continuous to grow.

In 2015, the American College of Pediatrician's president advised women to get to know their ABCs and encouraged them to learn about the link. The ACP president's statement, Den Trumbull, makes it clear on their position. “When one considers the normal anatomy and physiology of the breast it becomes clear that this link is causal, not merely co-relational."

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons has taken the stance that women thinking about an abortion should be made aware of the research about the ABC link. Executive director, Jane Orient, MD said in December 2015: "The AAPS believes that patients have the right to give or withhold fully informed consent before undergoing medical treatment. This includes notification of potential adverse effects. While there is a difference of medical opinion concerning the abortion-breast cancer link, there is a considerable volume of evidence supporting this link, which is, moreover, highly plausible. We believe that a reasonable person would want to be informed of the existence of this evidence before making her decision."

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What does Planned Parenthood say?

The quote from their website, "Claims linking abortion and breast cancer fly in the face of scientific evidence. The National Cancer Institute (NCI), the American Cancer Society (ACS),and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) have all refuted the reliability of such an association."

Is anyone surprised? Not just by Planned Parenthood's statement, but by the findings? Please share comments and questions below

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