National Health Promotions Officer,
New Zealand Cancer Society,
Dear Dr Pearson
Abortion Breast Cancer Link
I wish to draw your attention to a recent important study, Biochemical researchers at Georgia Regents University this month revealed research that linked abortion to higher increases in breast cancer among women.
According to the study, pregnant women produce high levels of the gene DNMT1 — responsible for maintaining breast, or mammary stem cells that enable breast’s rapid growth during pregnancy — which also produces stem cells that may cause breast cancer. The average woman will produce 300 times more of these mammary stem cells during pregnancy, becoming breast cells as they increase in size. This also happens during puberty.
When a pregnant woman producing heavy amounts of these stem cells either and gets an abortion or suffers a miscarriage, the immature cells slated to become future breast cells have increased chances of becoming cancerous. Though the scientists could not understand why, the study also showed that women who get their first pregnancy after age 30, also have an increased risk of breast cancer.
It is a human tragedy that each year 650 women die in New Zealand from breast cancer. Every year 2800 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Ninety five per cent of women contracting breast cancer are over the age of forty. According to the Coalition on Abortion Breast Cancer, one woman in one hundred who has an abortion will die from breast cancer as a result of that abortion. It has been known since 1957 in a Japanese study that women who had an abortion increased the risk of breast cancer . There are many studies that have been conducted worldwide that provide irrefutable proof of the link between abortion and breast cancer. Abortions are promoted as being “safe “for women, they are not. It is politically incorrect to admit that abortion hurts women. The fact that ideology trumps science, means that women are not being warned of the abortion breast cancer link.
Dr Joel Brind PhD, internationally renowned researcher in 1996, completed a mega – analysis of twenty three international studies and found that eighteen studies disclosed a link between abortion and breast cancer. Recent studies have been completed in Sri Lanka, China, India, Bangladesh, Iran and Turkey which revealed a substantial increase in breast cancer following an abortion. There has been a 40 per cent increase in breast cancer in China since the introduction of its one child family policy with forced abortions since 1979. Women under the age of eighteen who have an abortion double the risk of breast cancer. Multiple abortions also result in an increasing risk of breast cancer. Since 1957, 72 studies done with 80per cent showing a link between abortion and breast cancer.
I wish to bring to your attention the findings of a meta-analysis of abortion and breast cancer [ABC] in China, which was published in the prestigious, peer–reviewed international cancer journal, Cancer Causes and Control. This meta-analysis included 36 studies on the ABC link in China that had been published during 2012. Dr Yubei Huang et al, reported that the overall risk of developing breast cancer among women who had at least one induced abortion was significantly increased by 44 per cent.
These results, said the authors, were consistent with a previously published systematic review that was published in the British Medical Association’s epidemiology journal with colleagues from Penn State Medical Centre in 1996 which showed an overall significant 30 per cent increased risk of breast cancer in worldwide studies.
The new Chinese meta-analysis is of great significance, Not only does it validate the earlier findings from 1996 but its findings are even stronger, for several reasons:
1. The link is a slightly stronger one, i.e., 44% v. 30% risk increase with abortion;
2. It shows what is called a “dose effect”, i.e., two abortions increase the risk more than one abortion (76% risk increase with two or more abortions), and three abortions increase the risk even more (89% risk increase with three or more abortions). Risk factors that show such a dose effect have more credibility in terms of actually causing the disease.
3. Huang et al. states: “The lack of a social stigma associated with induced abortion in China due to China’s one child family policy may limit the amount of underreporting”. Putative underreporting of abortions by healthy women has been routinely invoked to discredit the ABC link–the lack of credible evidence notwithstanding. This line of attack—variously called the “response bias” or “recall bias” or “reporting bias” argument, has now been neutralized.
The evidence of studies done worldwide reveal that if a woman has an abortion before having a full term pregnancy she substantially increases her risk of developing breast cancer.
Right to Life has a duty to women to ensure that they are fully informed in accordance with the Health and Disability Act. In your letter of 7 March 2014 you advised that, “There was no evidence of a link between abortion and breast cancer.”
It is noted that on your web site that there is no mention of an abortion leaving women with more cancer vulnerable cells than they had before they became pregnant. In view of the fact that this is agreed among the scientific community is there any reason why this information cannot be shown?
With respect, Right to Life believes that the evidence is overwhelming. This evidence is dismissed on the assumption that it is subject to recall bias. This is an assumption that has not been substantiated by research. The above evidence raises important questions:
· Does your Society accept that an abortion leaves women with more cancer vulnerable tissue than they had before they became pregnant?
· Does your Society believe that women considering an abortion should be told that having an abortion deprives the women of the protection against breast cancer afforded by a full term pregnancy?
· Does your Society believe that this information should be given to women considering an abortion as part of the informed consent process?