(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.
the present analysis, Dr. Karin B. Michels, from Brigham and Women's Hospital
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 --
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)