By Wendy Smith
Live Action News
There is contradictory scientific evidence regarding a link between abortions and breast cancer. Could this research be biased one way or another? Can we rely on these reports? These are important questions to consider in light of the controversy surrounding abortion and health risks, especially breast cancer.
Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, a practicing breast surgeon and co-founder of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute (BCPI), feels the link between cancer and either induced abortion and/or the use of hormonal contraception is strong.
Serum estrogen exposure has been identified as a quantifiable risk factor for developing breast cancer, as noted in studies of women who used hormone replacement therapy for longer than 10 years.
Following conception, in a viable pregnancy, estrogen levels increase 2,000% by the end of the first trimester. During this same time period, there is rapid breast tissue growth as estrogen stimulates breast cell division. Due to this rapid cell division in the setting of high estrogen levels, errors in DNA replication can occur, setting the stage for subsequent breast cancer if the pregnancy is terminated early by an induced abortion (this does not apply in the setting of spontaneous miscarriage).
Dr Lanfranchi and her colleague at BCPI, Dr. Joel Brind, a biochemist, have reviewed countless research reports investigating the possible link between induced abortion and breast cancer. Lanfranchi states:
"Since 1957 there have been 67 studies done concerning induced abortion and breast cancer risk. Of these, 51 showed a positive association and 30 were statistically significant."
Live Action News article continues