How Does Induced Abortion Raise Breast Cancer Risk?

Food Consumer

David Liu
October 20, 2010

In the pink month – the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’d like readers to know something that many women may not have learned from any other source, and that is, induced abortion increases risk of breast cancer.

Be aware, especially in the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month that the association between induced abortion and breast cancer risk is not only a subject of medical science, but also politics.  We encourage readers to do their own home work and make their own scientific conclusion on this subject.

Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, Clinical Asstistant Professor of Surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, N.J. kindly wrote a short article below for foodconsumer readers to help them understand why induced abortion raises breast cancer risk.

Those who want to know more on the abortion-breast cancer link are advised to read an excellent review authored by Dr. Lanfranchi, which is available at[1].pdf

How does induced abortion raise breast cancer risk?

A growing amount of evidence from quality studies suggests that induced abortion, but not spontaneous abortion or miscarriage, increases risk of breast cancer.

Of course, induced abortion is not the only risk factor for breast cancer. Most women diagnosed with breast cancer have never had an abortion. Most women who have had an induced abortion will not get breast cancer. Like a family history of breast cancer, which is involved in about 15 percent of all breast cancer cases, induced breast cancer is just another risk factor.

Cigarette smoke is a carcinogen. While only 15% of cigarette smokers get lung cancer, the risk has been well acknowledged.  In comparison, induced abortion as a risk factor for breast cancer is somehow not as widely publicized.

Induced abortion boosts breast cancer risk because it stops the normal physiological changes in the breast that occur during a full term pregnancy and that lower a mother’s breast cancer risk.  A woman who has a full term pregnancy at 20 has a 90% lower risk of breast cancer than a woman who waits to age 30.



Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.