Breast Cancer Linked To Abortion?
not cloud the issue by using breast cancer research as a tool
in a political agenda..."
have been more than 40 reports of studies examining the link between
breast cancer and abortion. The studies are pretty evenly divided
between finding a link and finding no connection.
are the studies finding opposite results? Could it be that the reserchers
who are doing the studies are pushing the pro-life or pro-choice
arguments? Can it be that abortion somehow does cause breast cancer?
look at the facts:
earlier you have children and the more children you have - the lower
your risk of breast cancer. In many cases, having an abortion delays
having a first child.
there any socio-economic differences between women who opt for abortion
and those who carry to term? Many studies have shown a link between
the economic group a woman belongs to and her risk of breast cancer.
women who have had an abortion then switch to another method of
birth control... like the pill - which carries its own breast cancer
question that needs to be raised is whether the abortion procedure
itself causes breast cancer or other - unidentified - risk factors
are at work. The fact that half of the studies show no link does
lead to the suspicion that there is something besides abortion raising
the breast cancer risk of women after they have an abortion.
use the fear of breast cancer as a tactic to talk women out of having
abortions is cruel.
and research have a good use and if properly carried out and analyzed,
can add much to the knowledge of what causes of breast cancer. Let's
not cloud the issue by using breast cancer research as a tool in
a political agenda.
advocates deny that any studies exist to back up the association
of breast cancer and abortion. Pro-life groups ignore the studies
that don't find a link. Women have the right to make informed decisions
regarding their health care without being manipulated.
it stands now, there is not enough evidence to say that breast cancer
is a side effect of having an abortion any more than it is a side
effect of choosing not to have children in your teens or twenties.
course, if a woman becomes pregnant in her late teens or early twenties
and carries to term, she will lower her breast cancer risk. She
will also be a young mother with all the side effects of that choice.
You won't hear any group crusading for women to start families in
their teens to prevent breast cancer.
are plenty of good reasons not to opt for an abortion. Fear of breast
cancer should not be thrown into the mix.
table of studies that was used can be found here:
Elsewhere on the Web:
breast cancer link
Miscarriage, and Breast Cancer Risk
and Breast Cancer : The Unproven Link
Breast Cancer, and Ideology
9 , 2002
Updated August 1, 2006