Again! Study demands warnings on abortion-breast cancer link

By Bob Unruh


For the second time in just months, a major study is ringing alarm bells not only about the connection between abortion and birth-control pills and breast cancer, one of the biggest killers of women in the U.S., but over the fact patients are not being adequately warned about the dangers they face in making those “choices.”

It was a study in the Linacre Quarterly by experts from St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Catholic Social Services in Lincoln, Nebraska, the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill that said informed consent is becoming a major issue.

“Research studies document a compounding of breast cancer risk factors for girls and young women that underscores the duty for full and accurate informed consent,” the study states, citing the horrifying statistics that have been revealed.

“A history of abortion before 8 weeks gestation in women younger than 18 years (girls) increased the risk of breast cancer by 30 percent. However, if a pregnancy lasting more than 8 weeks was terminated when a girl was younger than 18 years, the risk increased 800 percent,” the study said.

And it gets even worse.

“In women with a positive family history (defined as a sister, mother, aunt or grandmother with breast cancer), the overall risk was 1.8 (80 percent increased, but ‘was particularly strong for a first abortion that occurred prior to age 18 years.’ In fact, the risk was infinity, as breast cancer developed in 100 percent of these girls – 12 of 12 cases, but in none of the controls,” the study said.

Regarding birth control?

“The World Health Organization raised the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classification of [oral contraceptives] from ‘possibly’ carcinogenic (IARC 1999) to a Group 1, or highest carcinogenic risk category. The agency concluded, ‘After examining all of the evidence, the Working Group classified combined oral contraceptives as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1).’ Furthermore, the same Group 1 classification was made for ‘combined estrogen-progestagen hormone therapy,” it said.

The study paints a bleak picture of the situation.

“Many reports from the United States and other Western countries have … linked induced abortion (IA) to breast cancer (the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link). Recently, there has been a surge in the number of reports from multiple, non-Western nations, associating abortion with breast cancer. Consequently, there is now sufficient evidence to conclude that IA is causally linked to breast cancer.”

It continued: “There is also evidence of a compounding of breast cancer risk factors in girls and young women. … Recent epidemiological research found a large increase in this malignancy in young women that is metastatic (to bone, brain and lungs) at the time of diagnosis. This ominous development has ‘no recommended screening practice’ and a dismal prognosis.”

And how about warnings?

“This sobering trend mandates the need for disclosure of breast cancer risk factors. A medical, legal and ethical duty for full and accurate informed consent exists for all females. This is especially imperative for a girl (with her parent or guardian), or a young woman, who is considering the choice of an oral contraceptive,” the study said.

WND multiple times has reported on the link between abortion and breast cancer, including when a meta-analysis found that a single abortion raised the risk of breast cancer for a woman by an astonishing 44 percent.

It was professor Joel Brind, a science adviser for the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, who called the finding at that time a “real game-changer” in the controversy over the link between abortion and breast cancer.

Karen Malec of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer said the study’s finding explains that the cell tissue of a breast changes during the course of a pregnancy. She said the danger of being turned cancerous increases substantially during the early portion of the time frame.

Protection against cancer develops, however, when a pregnancy is full term, experts note.

“It’s despicable that U.S. cancer groups and Planned Parenthood continue to deceive women about the ABC link and downplay the breast cancer risk associated with the pill,” Malec said.

She quoted from the authors of the study, who said: “The prescribing of a known carcinogen to a child for any non-lethal disease is problematic. Such a practice without the provision of full and accurate informed consent for the girl, and at least one parent or guardian, is medically, legally and ethically indefensible.”

The cost to society is high, the study said, with a pandemic-type toll of 641,000 breast cancer cases worldwide in 1980 surging to 1.64 million in 2010.

“More than 40 years ago, physician, ‘founder of modern epidemiology,’ and pioneer breast cancer researcher – Prof. Brian MacMahon – wrote almost prophetically, ‘One of the most important contributions of epidemiology to the fight against cancer has been the demonstration that many of the prevalent forms of human cancer are preventable,'” the study concluded.

“To a large extent, the breast cancer epidemic is due to preventable factors. Modern epidemiology provides substantial evidence that a delay (or avoidance) of childbearing, as well as a reduced duration (or avoidance) of breast-feeding, increase the risk of breast cancer through a loss of natural protections.”

Another paper released only months earlier said: “Women also need the opportunity for informed consent when choosing a surgical procedure that will elevate breast cancer risk, a leading cause of cancer death in women. Women who choose induced abortion should be made aware of their increased risk, so that they can be deliberately screened at an appropriate time and through early detection find more curable cancers.”

The study was by Dr. Angela E. Lanfranchi and Dr. Patrick Fagan, who hail from the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey and the Marriage and Religion Research Institute, respectively.

Malek noted that the authors of the first study, by A. Patrick Schneider, Christine M. Zainer, Christopher Kevin Kubat, Nancy K. Mullen and Ambergly K. Windisch, outline the expectation for a “breast cancer pandemic due to induced abortion, use of contraceptive/abortifacient steroids and … oral contraceptives.”

She said the advocacy for abortion and birth control pills is the “real war on women.”

WND’s earlier reporting reported an analysis by Yubei Huang, published in the peer-reviewed journal Cancer Causes and Control, looked at 36 studies that have been done in China regarding the risk of developing breast cancer for women who have had at least one induced abortion.

The risk rocketed 44 percent, Huang found, after one abortion. After two, the risk rose to 76 percent. After three, it climbed to 89 percent.

Dr. Jane Orient, a spokeswoman for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, told WND at the time it is outrageous that American health care providers are not more aggressive and deliberate in warning women of the risk of a fatal cancer if they choose to abort.

“Women do want to know,” she said. “The abortion interests do not want them to know this. The medical establishment has been behind the effort to conceal it [the link].”

Reggie Littlejohn, whose organization Womens Rights Without Frontiers focuses on China’s forced-abortion policy, said at the time the warning to women around the world was clear.

“Obviously this does not simply apply to Chinese women, but to all women,” she said. “When we’re talking about informed consent in the U.S., women need to be informed of the very strong link between abortion and breast cancer.”

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