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COVER STORY / EDITORIAL: Australia's asylum-seeker policy unravels

CANBERRA OBSERVED: The toughest job in Australian politics

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: How the human rights consultation was hijacked

TAX INQUIRY: Treasury push to get more mothers into paid work

CLIMATE CHANGE: Temperature readings in rural Australia show no increase in 100 years

ENERGY: New gas resources explode "peak oil" alarmism

NATIONAL SECURITY: How much longer can Australia's luck hold?

CHINA: How the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) wields absolute power in China

ECONOMICS: The taming of unbridled free market capitalism

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH: Women not warned about abortion breast-cancer risk

VICTORIA: Protesting on behalf of the unborn

OBITUARY: Last surviving leader of 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising dies: Marek Edelman (1919-2009)

CINEMA: "Deeply troubling" rags-to-riches story: Mao's Last Dancer (rated PG)

BOOK REVIEW: BEERSHEBA: A Journey Through Australia's Forgotten War, by Paul Daley

BOOK REVIEW: REFLECTIONS ON THE REVOLUTION IN EUROPE: Immigration, Islam and the West, by Christopher Caldwell

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Women not warned about abortion breast-cancer risk

by Babette Francis

News Weekly, October 31, 2009
October is breast cancer awareness month, and women and male supporters have been running, jumping and wearing pink shirts and pink ribbons to raise funds for breast cancer research. However, women are not being told how to reduce their risk. Prevention is better than cure.

While cancer councils across Australia admit that having babies early in life and breastfeeding reduce breast cancer risk in women, they have not "connected the dots" and warned young women that abortions will reduce protection against breast cancer, the major cause of death for pre-menopausal women and the third major cause of death for post-menopausal women.

Cancer councils are intimidated by feminists and the lucrative abortion industry, but should inform women of yet another study linking abortion and breast cancer.

This new study of women in Turkey who have had abortions found a 66 per cent increased risk of developing breast cancer. The study is the latest, among many others, to confirm the link between abortion and increased breast cancer risk.

The results also found that while induced abortion causes increased breast cancer risk, a miscarriage does not.

Dr Vahit Ozmen and his colleagues at the Istanbul University medical faculty and Magee-Women's Hospital in Pittsburgh conducted the new retrospective study.

They published their findings in the April 2009 issue of the World Journal of Surgical Oncology and examined women who, between January 2000 and December 2006, were admitted to clinics at the Istanbul University medical faculty for examination. The researchers said that their findings showed abortion was "significantly associated with increased breast cancer risk".

They observed, "Breast cancer risk was found to be increased in women with ... induced abortion (95 per cent confidence interval)" and at an age above 35-years-old at the time of a first live birth.

"However, decreased breast cancer risk was associated with ... presence of spontaneous abortion. Our study revealed that spontaneous abortion was associated with the decreased risk of breast cancer in univariate analysis whereas induced abortion was associated with increased breast cancer risk in both univariate and multivariable analyses," they wrote.

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Contrary to the claims of groups like Planned Parenthood that deny any such abortion breast-cancer (ABC) link, the physicians involved in the study assert otherwise.

Other studies, they reported, "found a positive association between induced abortion and breast cancer risk in women younger than 50. Therefore, similar to our findings, the majority of the studies reported that induced abortion was associated with increased breast cancer risk."

Joel Brind, PhD, president of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, USA, and professor of endocrinology at Baruch College, New York, says he is not surprised by the results.

He remarked: "I guess they didn't get the 'memo' from the US National Cancer Institute which declared back in 2003 that the non-existence of the abortion-breast cancer link had been 'established'."

Karen Malec, president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, also commented that American medical groups need to take notice of the results.

"Although the NCI, the nation's largest funder of cancer research, and others have worked feverishly to suppress the ABC link by publishing fraudulent research and leaning on scientists whose studies have shown risk increases among women who have abortions, honest research occasionally escapes the NCI's purview," she said.

As long ago as August 2002, the Russian news agency Pravda online criticised the American media for concealing the link between abortion and breast cancer. A story by Carl Limbacher of NewsMax made the point that "thanks to intense pressure from the billion-dollar abortion industry, (the ABC link) is a taboo subject for the US media establishment".

Citing numerous studies showing evidence for the link, the Pravda article warned, "Thousands of women could die because of the failure of the medical establishment and government to warn women of the link between abortion and breast cancer."

In Australia, anti-cancer organisations have admitted that delayed pregnancy has caused an almost doubling of the incidence of breast cancer in women. ("Cancer on rise as births delayed", The Age, Melbourne, August 29, 2009).

Many of these "delayed births" are because women have aborted earlier pregnancies and have thus lost the protective effect of a full-term pregnancy and of breastfeeding. Abortion is promoted to teenagers and young women as a "human right", but these "human rights" lobbyists won't be around to comfort the women who find a suspicious lump in their breasts.

Women cannot avoid genetic risks for breast cancer, but - unless they are unfortunate enough to live in China - they can avoid induced abortion.

Babette Francis, B.Sc. (Hons), Australian representative of the international Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, is co-ordinator of Endeavour Forum Inc., an NGO with special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.


V. Ozmen et al., "Breast cancer risk factors in Turkish women - a university hospital-based case control study", World Journal of Surgical Oncology, 2009, 7:37.

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