Dr. Angela Lanfranchi is a breast cancer surgeon in New Jersey and researcher who has studied the link between abortion and breast cancer for decades.
She spoke at the National Right to Life Convention last month about how abortion can increase a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer and why research about the issue is so hush-hush in the public sphere.Lanfranchi said she has been a practicing breast cancer surgeon since 1984. One day when she was getting ready for work, she said she had the TV on and heard an interview with Dr. Joel Brind, who has done extensive research on the abortion breast cancer link. Lanfranchi said she did not know a lot about the issue at the time, so she decided to begin researching it herself.
“I started collecting data in my own practice,” she said.Lanfranchi said she began asking women more information about their reproductive history, including how many times they were pregnant, how each pregnancy ended and how long each pregnancy was. And she began discovering how different factors can impact a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer.
Based on her research and that of others, she found that premature births prior to 32 weeks, abortions and never having children or having them later in life all can contribute to an increased risk of breast cancer, she explained. These increased risks have to do with the hormone levels in a woman’s body and the changes in a woman’s breast tissue during pregnancy, she said.