Skip to comments.Surgeon Says Abortion Ups Breast Cancer Risk, Full-Term Pregnancy Helps Lower It
Posted on 09/08/2009 4:02:41 PM PDT by wagglebee
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A prominent breast cancer surgeon and professor has written a new article for a medical publication saying that abortion increases a woman's risk of contracting breast cancer. On the other hand, miscarriage has no effect while a full-term pregnancy lowers the breast cancer risk.
Dr. Angela Lanfranchi is a surgeon who deals with breast cancer and is also a Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and president of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute.
She published a paper this week in the medical journal Linacre Quarterly that shows how different pregnancy outcomes influence breast cancer risk.
Citing 52 years of breast cancer research, she said the evidence shows that, during pregnancy, unborn children "produce hormones that mature 85 percent of the mother's breast tissue into cancer-resistant breast tissue."
This accounts for the protective effect of full term pregnancy (FTP) that experts universally recognize.
According to Lanfranchi, a delayed first FTP is associated with a temporary risk increase because it lengthens the period during the reproductive years when nearly all of the breast lobules are immature and cancer-susceptible and exposed to the cancer-causing effects of estrogen during menstrual cycles.
However, in terms of lifetime risk, the mother will eventually benefit from the protective effect of FTP, provided it lasted at least 32 weeks.
At the same time, the physician says sort pregnancies like abortions that end before 32 weeks, except for first trimester miscarriages, leave the breasts only "partially matured" and "with more places for cancers to start."
"Induced abortion is a recognized cause of premature birth.... and prematurity more than doubles breast cancer risk if it is before 32 weeks," Lanfranchi writes.
Most first trimester miscarriages do not raise risk because "inadequate levels of the pregnancy hormones" during an abnormal pregnancy do not stimulate breast growth and "leave the mother's breasts unchanged."
Lanfranchi explains in greater detail how carrying a pregnancy to term is so beneficial for women as opposed to having an abortion.
Among women experiencing breast cancer during pregnancy, those who had FTPs had the longest survival rate in comparison to women who miscarried and had "slightly shorter survivals," and those who chose abortion and had the "shortest survivals."
Karen Malec, president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, a women's group that informed the public on the link between the two, tells LifeNews.com that anti-cancer groups need to acknowledge this.
"We encourage the public to send Dr. Lanfranchi's paper to the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen for the Cure," she said.
"Ask them if they can find any inaccuracies concerning the physiology presented in her paper. Challenge them to defend their position in the customary way - before their peers - by stating their objections in a letter to the editor of the medical journal," she added.
Lanfranchi's paper is entitled, "Normal breast physiology: The reasons hormonal contraceptives and induced abortion increase breast cancer risk."
Lanfranchi, A. Normal breast physiology: The reasons hormonal contraceptives and induced abortion increase breast cancer risk. The Linacre Quarterly 2009;76:236-249. Available here.
And here I thought pink ribbons were somehow the cure.
How much you want to bet there are a lot more health consequences than BC.
You can’t just abruptly interrupt a natural hormonal etc cyle and not expect some sort of ramifications.
Not surprised at all about this...
everything old is new again.
We’ve known about the abc link for years. Just now it’s starting to get published more. Hopefully this time around people will pay attention
Well known to gynecologists, politically incorrect forbidden knowledge to women.
My sister - the only one of 3 girls in our family who had breast cancer just happens to be the only one who had any abortions. 3 to be exact. She is a flaming liberal and in a million years you will never get her to admit any correlation.
Never fear, the docs will come up with some kind of treatment to offset the benefit missed from multiple full term pregnancies. (Pregnancy isn’t, unfortunately, a bulletproofer against breast cancer. A preacher I know lost a wife in her mid forties to a horrible breast cancer after she had had four children, each in its own pregnancy.)
I think this has probably been known for some time.
My dear old Mother died a few years ago at age 86. She had breast cancer but did not die from it. Her Dr. told my Sister that if Mother had not had five children and breast fed them all, she probably would have died from cancer at a young age.
And the Susan G Komen Foundation gives considerable moneys to Planned Parenthood.
LIBERALISM IS THE WORST TYPE OF CANCER.
Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life,
And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.
I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion,
Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death
by the Resurrection of Your Son.
I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.
Today I commit myself
Never to be silent,
Never to be passive,
Never to be forgetful of the unborn.
I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement,
And never to stop defending life
Until all my brothers and sisters are protected,
And our nation once again becomes
A nation with liberty and justice
Not just for some, but for all.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen!
It's true. Two full-term pregnancies, first one at a young age, both children breast-fed for 6 months, no abortions (or miscarriages thank the Father) and no other particularly alarming risk factors (white, slim, athletic, only one case in entire family tree).
Never-the-less I got nailed with an advanced case at age 48, in spite of diligent routine exams and mammograms.
Now I have the uneasy feeling that I'm at suspicion for having had an abortion. I do not like that ONE BIT, thank you.