Abortion explains rise in breast cancer

Scientist Says “Abortion Explains Entire Rise in Breast Cancer since mid 1980’s,” (Source: The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer) November, 2002.

Last year an annual report on the state of cancer in the U.S. from 1973 to 1998 was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI). [1] The National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control collaborated on it. Breast cancer statistics revealed a more than 40% jump in incidence of the disease during that period.

The increase since the mid 1980’s, however, was limited to younger women (not older women) - those young enough to have had abortions when the procedure was legalized in 1973. A similar disparity between age groups exists in Marin County, California which has the highest incidence of breast cancer in the nation. [2]

Joel Brind, Ph.D., the lead author of a 1996 paper which evaluated studies exploring the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link [3], told the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer in November, “Abortion can explain the entire rise in breast cancer since the mid 1980’s, and it's not just because the rise is in women young enough to have had an abortion; it's also that the absolute numbers of increased cases fall within the range of the numbers we predicted in our 1996 meta-analysis.”

The JNCI report’s chief author was Holly Howe. Yet, in 1989 she was also the lead author of an ABC study considered to have a superior design due to its reliance on medical records, instead of interviews. She and her colleagues reported a statistically significant 90% risk among post-abortive New York women. Statistical significance means that researchers are at least 95% confident that the results obtained were not due to chance or error.

Nevertheless, the 2001 report in the JNCI contains glaring omissions. Although it says, “Prevention is a key strategy for reducing the national cancer burden,” nothing whatsoever is said about abortion or ways to prevent breast cancer. Moreover, no explanation is offered by Howe et al. for the huge disparity in incidence between the Roe v. Wade generation and older women.

Women are dying of the disease in increasing numbers. Taxpayers, health insurance policyholders, employers and breast cancer donors are unnecessarily paying billions of dollars in additional costs for cancer research, health insurance claims and Planned Parenthood funding because the nation’s cancer watchdogs lack the necessary political courage to tell women that abortion causes breast cancer.

References

1. Howe, et al. (June 6, 2001) JNCI, Vol. 93. No. 11.

2. Northern California Cancer Center website: http://www.nccc.org/ResearchandTraining/pubs/research_CRpubs_annualreports.html.

3. Brind et al. (1996) J Epidemiol Community Health 50:481-96.

4. Howe et al. (1989) Int J Epidemiol 18(2):300-4.

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