Written by Bernard Moran
This is about the controversy over whether a first abortion, or several later abortions, can place a woman at risk of breast cancer.
The official position is that there is no link and no risk. The NZ Family Planning Association has published a booklet for women contemplating an abortion. The booklet is funded by the Ministry of Health.
On the abortion-breast cancer link it states: “There is no scientific evidence that shows that having an abortion increases your risk of developing breast cancer.”
Remember: “No scientific evidence”.
OK, now if you go to the website of the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ) there is a section debunking the “myth” of the abortion-breast cancer link. An impressive line-up of American and British medical authorities state that there is no such link – and therefore no risk.
Just bear in mind that these medical authorities and most of their members support abortion as being beneficial to women.
In the past ALRANZ has accused Voice for Life of “scaremongering” by running advertisements that alert women to the scientific research that exists and preventative health measures.
For example, if women who have had an abortion or abortions, seek breast screening 8-10 years later, there is a window of opportunity where any early signs of cancer can usually be effectively treated.
If the woman has earlier been told there is no risk, well she won’t know to later seek a screening.
So is there credible scientific evidence available? Read the report on the latest research from China and then check out the website of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute for the other studies.
You decide who is telling the truth – or covering up.
Video Introduction by Dr Angela Lanfranchi
Dr Angela Lanfranchi, a breast cancer surgeon, recently visited the main cities of Australia during September 2014 speaking on what she has found in relation to the link between Abortion and Breast Cancer. Not surprisingly, this attracted furious opposition from feminists and pro-abortionists.
The Auckland branch of VFL hosted a battle-weary Dr Lanfranchi for one night and she recorded a video introduction for the latest abortion-breast cancer link material she sent us.
Her main message is that most recent Chinese research should send the alarming bells ringing amongst NZ and Australian health professionals and medical bodies.
Here’s a summary of the Chinese research published in February 2014 by the United States National Institutes of Health. Dr Huang and his colleagues reviewed 36 recent peer-reviewed studies and found that on average: an induced abortion increases the risk of breast cancer by 44 per cent, two abortions increase the risk by 76 per cent, and three abortions by 89 per cent.
Rather than carry on in denial, the medical authorities should examine the most recent evidence from China, and as a preventative health measure advise post-abortive women to have a breast screening 8-10 years afterwards – when most early cancer can be successfully treated.
Study finds 44% increased breast cancer risk
A new systematic review and meta-analysis of abortion and breast cancer (ABC link) in China was published in 2014 in the prestigious, peer-reviewed international cancer journal, Cancer Causes and Control.
In this meta-analysis (a study of studies, in which results from many studies are pooled), Dr. Yubei Huang et al. reported that, combining all 36 studies on the ABC link in China that have been published through 2012, the overall risk of developing breast cancer among women who had at least one induced abortion was significantly increased by 44%.
Be informed - the evidence
Click here for a clear, easy-to-read summary of the evidence for the abortion breast cancer link. Louise Clark accompanied Dr Angela Lanfranchi on her September lecture tour of Australia and witnessed the hostility to the message.
You can also visit the BCPI website to find research publications, links to order or download various printed materials, booklets and brochures, the BCPI Report, video, resources, and more.
Lastly, if you would like to read the Breast Cancer and Induced Abortion report, please click on the below link.
Angela E Lanfranchi, M.D., FACS, and Patrick Fagan, Ph. D