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Eliminate Abortion to Reduce Breast Cancer

 

Don’t want breast cancer? Eliminate a huge risk and don’t have abortions! A new study from China indicates that abortion increases precast cancer risk by at least 1.55 times the normal rate. This is just one epidemiological study out of 53 that shows a positive statistical link between breast cancer and abortion! The Coalition on Abortion-Breast cancer has found 69 studies about the link, with 53 of them showing increased risk. This most recent Chinese study may even actually understate the significant risk due to the fact that most Chinese abortions happen after one child. One live birth/full term pregnancy matures up to 85% of breast tissue past susceptibility to cancer. Women who abort once (or even worse multiple times) before a live/full term pregnancy may have an even more significant breast cancer risk increase with each abortion.
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This just solidifies the reasons for abortion to not only be rare, but actually impossible. If breast cancer organizations really wanted to prevent breast cancer, they would be vehemently opposed to abortions. Sadly this isn’t the case. If women’s health was truly the goal of all these organizations, they would never partner with or support an organization that performs or recommends abortions. Sadly, women’s health seems to be a distant last place finish behind convenience and instant gratification.
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Please pray for abortion workers, people who have had or helped another get an abortion, for the victims of abortion, for those trying to save women and their children. All things are possible with God, so let us ask for His help in our fight for Life!

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About Erika

Erika V. is a thirty-something mother of two (with four saints in heaven). With a degree in molecular biology, she works for her state’s police crime lab; although her dream is to stay home with her children and homeschool them. Her newly converted husband is a sometime auto mechanic and primarily a stay-at-home dad. Passionate about pro-life issues and science, she is a survivor of breast cancer while pregnant. At 20 weeks pregnant with her daughter (pregnancy number six), she was diagnosed with BRCA1 stage II breast cancer. When local doctors we stumped with the diagnosis, she traveled to MDAnderson where chemotherapy on pregnant women has been done for over twenty years. After delivering her baby girl and undergoing more chemotherapy, Erika has had a whirlwind of surgeries to combat the cancer as well as the complications of cancer treatments. Three years and eight surgeries later, she continues to be passionate about pro-life endeavors, even winning the local Right to Life group’s Life Award and serving on their working board of directors. She authors two blogs, one a mommy blog Biology Brain-Simon Says and one a breast cancer while pregnant blog Erika’s Miracle Journey. Blog posts are often filled with pro-life references, including medical journal articles supporting the pro-life position. While there isn’t often time, she also enjoys horses, reading, gardening, and KY bourbon.

  • Chris - I have researched this quite a bit because I have had several miscarriages and logic follows that if one is at an increased risk for breast cancer due to an induced abortion, one is also at risk due to a spontaneous miscarriage. All of the information I have found indicate that women who have an abortion or a miscarriage and have NOT had a full-term pregnancy are, indeed, at a slightly higher risk for breast cancer – about on par with other common risk factors like obesity, early age of menarche, late age of menopause, etc. The risk is less than that of someone with a close familial history of someone with breast cancer.

    While I realize that this is an evolving field of study, I do not want to needlessly worry those readers of this board who might have already suffered the loss of a pregnancy due to natural causes that their risk of breast cancer is significantly greater just because of that.May 17, 2012 – 2:20 pmReplyCancel

  • Erika - On the contrary, Chris, I have no intentions of scaring women who have suffered miscarriages. I, myself, have had four miscarriages. Like you I’ve done research looking into whether spontaneous abortions (miscarriage) confer the same risk as induced/elective abortions. The truth is that the Chinese article that I opened this post with (if you read the abstract) says, “Overall, spontaneous abortion did not significantly alter the risk of breast cancer”. Other research indicates that since miscarriages usually happen due to abnormalities in the baby, the same levels of hormones, and therefore breast tissue maturation, are not present as they are in elective/induced miscarriage.  

    Here’s an excerpt from another scientific paper about abortion, miscarriage, and breast cancer. “The levels of the pregnancy hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and hCG) during an abnormal pregnancy that result in a spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) in the first trimester were insufficient to stimulate breast development and thus leave the mother’s breasts unchanged. Therefore, following a first-trimester spontaneous abortion, the mother typically has no change in breast-cancer risk as her breasts were never stimulated to grow.” http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com/download/Angela%20Lanfranchi_ABC%20Link%202012.pdf 

    This study also indicates there is no increased risk of breast cancer following spontaneous abortion (miscarriage). There are several studies that present similar findings. The difference is all in the histology of the breast tissue. When the tissue begins to mature but is abruptly stopped, increased breast cancer risk is the result. However, spontaneous abortions typically do not generate maturation of the breast tissue. Therefore, the breast cancer risk following a typical miscarriage is the same as the risk prior to any pregnancy. Here’s another reference from the Abortion/Breast Cancer Coalition. http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com/reproductive.htm

    I’m sorry I did not address this issue initially. This is definitely a subject close to my heart since I’ve had 4 miscarriages myself. Two of my miscarriages were before my first successful pregnancy at 26 years of age. The next two separated my two successful pregnancies. In that last pregnancy, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. According to the experts at MDAnderson, my miscarriages had no effect on my breast cancer diagnosis.

    Here’s another study indicating that miscarriages actually may confer some decreased risk of breast cancer. 
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19356229

    Here’s another study indicating that miscarriage doesn’t increase breast cancer risk, but induced abortion does. 
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16646050

    Overall, I agree that the findings seem confusing, but biologically, the reasoning for induced abortion increasing breast cancer risk is NOT present in spontaneous abortions (miscarriages). 

    I hope that helps!May 17, 2012 – 9:23 pmReplyCancel

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