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Coalition Berates American Cancer Society for Withholding Cancer Evidence

The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer notes an American Cancer Society report showing that cancer deaths declined slightly in 2003 and 2004. [1] 

Karen Malec, president of the Coalition, commented, "There would be fewer cancer cases and deaths if women had been told the truth in the 1980s when conclusive evidence became available showing that breast cancer is associated with combined (estrogen plus progestin) hormone replacement therapy [2], combined oral contraceptives [3,4,5,6], and abortion." [7,8,9,10,11,12]

The Society expects 40,460 female deaths due to breast cancer and 240,510 total breast cancer cases for 2007.

The Society misleads women about abortion-breast cancer research.  Its website says, "Several studies have provided very strong data that induced abortions have no overall effect on the risk of breast cancer." [13] 

It does not report that a scientific review in 2005 concluded that these studies are seriously flawed and cannot be used to dismiss the larger body of evidence supporting an abortion-breast cancer link. [8]  No scientist has challenged these conclusions.

"We call on the Society and other cancer businesses to put their priorities in order," said Malec.  "Women's lives and cancer prevention are more important than making money, doing cancer walks, and protecting the abortion and pharmaceutical industries."

The Society and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, give funds to Planned Parenthood, ostensibly for cancer screening, but Planned Parenthood is known for moving funds to the abortion side of its business. 

Malec argued, "More abortions and sales of hormonal contraceptives mean more cancer cases. It's unthinkable that groups that claim to want to eradicate the disease would help fund a cancer-causing organization, especially when the funds could be directed to legitimate health organizations."

"As far as breast cancer is concerned, the risk-reducing effect of full-term pregnancy has been well-known literally for centuries, and is universally acknowledged...It is hardly difficult to connect the dots here: Having an induced abortion leaves a woman with a higher long-term risk of breast cancer, compared to not having the abortion; i.e., compared to childbirth." [14] 

The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer is an international women's organization founded to protect the health and save the lives of women by educating and providing information on abortion as a risk factor for breast cancer.

References:

1. "Progress Against Cancer at Risk," American Cancer Society, April 10, 2007. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/NWS/content/NWS_1_1x_ACS_Report_Progress_Against_Cancer_at_Risk.asp.

2. Hunt K, Vessey M, McPherson K, Coleman M. Br J Obstet Gynaecol 1987;94(7):620-635. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=3620411&query_hl=1&itool=pubmed_docsum.

3. Cogliano V, Grosse Y, Baan R, Secretan B, El Ghissassi F. Carcinogenicity of combined oestrogen-progestagen contraceptives and menopausal treatment. Lancet Oncology 2005;6:552-553.

4. Press Release No. 167, "IARC Monographs Programme Finds Combined Estrogen-Progestogen Contraceptives (the "pill") and Menopausal Therapy Are Carcinogenic to Humans," World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer, July 29, 2005. See http://www.iarc.fr/ENG/Press_Releases/pr167a.html.

5. Kahlenborn C, Modugno F. Potter D, Severs W. Oral contraceptive use as a risk factor for premenopausal breast cancer: A meta-analysis. Mayo Clinic Proceedings 2006;81(10):1290-1302. Available at: http://www.mayoclinicproceedings.com/pdf/8110/8110a1.pdf.

6. Yager JD et al. Estrogen Carcinogenesis in Breast Cancer. N Engl J Med 2006;354:270-82.

7. Brind J, Chinchilli, VM, Severs WB, Summy-Long J. Induced abortion as an independent risk factor for breast cancer: a comprehensive review and meta-analysis. J Epidemiol Community Health 1996;50:481-496.

8. Brind J. Induced abortion as an independent risk factor for breast cancer: A critical review of recent studies based on prospective data. J Am Phys Surg Vol. 10, No. 4 (Winter 2005) 105-110. Available at: http://www.jpands.org/vol10no4/brind.pdf.

9. Russo J, Rivera R, Russo IH. Influence of Age and Parity on the Development of the Human Breast. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment 1992;23:211-218.

10. Lanfranchi A. The breast physiology and the epidemiology of the abortion breast cancer link. Imago Hominis 2005;12(3): 228-236. 

11. Carroll P. Trends and Reproductive Risk Factors in Female Breast Cancer Incidence in Great Britain. British Journal of Cancer (2004) 91 (Suppl. 1) p. S24. P2.1.

12. Carroll P. Trends and Risk Factors in British Female Breast Cancer. JSM 2005 American Statistical Association. Statistics in Epidemiology. pp 2511-2519.

13. "What Are the Risk Factors for Breast Cancer?" American Cancer Society web page updated 9/18/2006. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_4_2X_What_are_the_risk_factors_for_breast_cancer_5.asp.

14. Brind J. The abortion-breast cancer connection. National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly Summer 2005; p. 303-329. 

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