2007-04-23 Abortion not linked to breast cancer


(Reuters Health) - Neither spontaneous abortion (also known as miscarriage) nor induced abortion appears to affect the risk of breast cancer in young women, according to a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

In theory, abortion could have certain biologic effects on breast tissue that promote cancer formation. However, previous studies investigating this topic have yielded inconsistent results.

In the present analysis, Dr. Karin B. Michels, from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and colleagues analyzed the association in 105,716 women, between 29 and 46 years of age, who were enrolled in the Nurses' Health Study II (NSHII). Information on abortion was updated biennially beginning at the start of the study in 1993.(Read entire article)


2007-04-23 Study: No Link Between Breast Cancer, Abortion


A Harvard study released Monday supports earlier findings by a panel of experts that having an abortion doesn't increase a woman's risk of getting breast cancer.

However, this latest analysis isn't likely to convince all those opposed to abortion. Three states -- Texas, Minnesota and Mississippi -- require doctors to warn women seeking abortions of the purported link to breast cancer "when medically accurate," letting doctors make that determination based on current scientific evidence.

In 2003, a group of scientists convened by the National Cancer Institute concluded abortion did not raise the risk of breast cancer.(Read entire article)