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Dec 20, 2005

Abortion-Breast Cancer Link Exists

Abortion-Breast Cancer Link Exists
The current thinking about breast abortion-breast cancer link is incorrect and is based on flowed studies and information as per Joel Brind, Professor of Biology at Baruch College. He disputes the prevailing view that no link exists between induced abortion and breast cancer. In his recently published "critical review of recent studies," Brind finds flawed methodologies marred the findings of data collected from China, France, Scotland, Sweden and elsewhere.

Brind'article is published in the recent issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

Because Brind believes that "reporting bias" makes retroactive data untrustworthy, he focuses his attention here on prospective studies, that is research results that queried woman about their reproductive history prior to any diagnosis of breast cancer. But even in these studies, Brind finds much to skew outcomes. In several studies Brind notes a "cohort effect," the result of comparing "two essentially different populations: the younger one which has experienced most of the abortions, and the older one which has developed most of the breast cancers."

Brind also identifies many "misclassifications," typically of women whose abortion were not recorded in the available data. He also argues that follow-up times were too short to measure the long-term impact of abortion on the incidence of breast cancer-which, he notes, continues to increase.

In conclusion, Brind reasserts the conclusion of his 1996 "meta-analysis" of the abortion-breast cancer link. The research correlation holds and "induced abortion is indeed a risk factor for breast cancer, despite the strong and pervasive bias in recent literature," asserting the safety of the procedures that terminate pregnancy.


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Every year, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Breast cancer ranks second as the leading cause of cancer deaths in American women. Until recently breast cancer topped the list of leading causes of cancer deaths in women, but lately lung cancer has claimed the top position. If skin cancer is excluded, breast cancer is the commonest cancer among American women.

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