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Worldwide cover-up of Abortion/Breast Cancer link continues to mount, plays catch-up ^ | March 14, 2016 | Joel Brind, Ph.D.

Posted on 03/15/2016 5:24:04 PM PDT by Morgana

It has been famously noted that facts—like the fact that abortion increases a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer (ABC link) — are stubborn things. One hopes that means that eventually, the truth always comes out. But along the way, we also see that necessity—like the political necessity to cover up the truth of the ABC link—is the mother of increasingly inventive ways to do just that. In fact, the latest technique is to resurrect a tired old bogeyman named “recall bias”, aka “response bias” or “reporting bias”, but in a particularly brazen way.

The most recent study is yet another one from India, making the total number of South Asian studies (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka) 15, all since 2008. Every one of them reports increased breast cancer risk with abortion, with risk increases as high as almost 2,000 percent (20-fold)!

The authors of this 2016 study by Nagrani et al. actually acknowledge that they have observed increased breast cancer risk with induced abortions. They go so far as to admit that “most previous case-control studies have observed a positive association between induced abortion and breast cancer.”

But, alas, they are quick to retreat to their old hobby horse: that there results are “likely to be due to recall bias.”

The recall bias argument, which has been disproven repeatedly, goes like this.

When you construct a standard, retrospective “case-control” epidemiological study, you identify a group of women with breast cancer (the “cases”) and a similar sized group of similar women who do not have breast cancer (the “controls”).

Then, via questionnaires and/or interviews, you find out—among other relevant data pertaining to medical and reproductive history—which women have had any abortions and which women did not. If more of the women with breast cancer (the “cases”) have had abortions compared to those who have not had an abortion (the “controls”), this translates to the association of increased risk with abortion; numerically, a “relative risk” greater than 1.

However suppose, in the study outlined above, there only appears to be difference in the frequency of abortion among the cases versus controls. How can that be? Enter recall bias.

The reason there appears to be more breast cancer among women who have aborted (the argument goes) is because the women who do not have breast cancer are more likely than the women with breast cancer to deny their abortion history. Then it would falsely appear that abortion was associated with breast cancer, due to recall bias.

In other words there is difference in the accuracy of remembering and reporting prior abortions, between the case and control groups.

As plausible as this recall bias may seem, credible evidence of its existence in ABC link research has never been demonstrated. In fact, it has been repeatedly proven not to exist in ABC link studies.

That stubborn fact, however, has not deterred the ABC link deniers from repeatedly citing the same discredited hypothesis—as if it were fact—to accomplish their political objective of erasing the ABC link from the public mind. In 2003, the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) held a so-called “workshop,” which succeeded in establishing the non-existence of the ABC link as official “truth” worldwide.

Sorry, epidemiologists, but recall bias could not explain risks increases of 10 or 20-fold!

Let’s go back to the Nagrani study.

The reason this typical invocation of recall bias is so egregious in the Nagrani study is the clear finding of what is called a “dose effect.”

This means that the risk increase found among women with two or more abortions was clearly greater than that observed among women who had a history of only one abortion.

The minimal, non-significant risk increase (10%) Nagrani et al. reported to be associated with having one abortion is supposed to be pretty accurate, but the significant, (58-108%) risk increase associated with a woman having two or more abortions can be dismissed as an artifact caused by recall bias?

We are therefore supposed to think that healthy women who have had one abortion will report it accurately in a study, but once they have had their second abortion, they will start lying about their abortions to the epidemiologists doing the study?

On the contrary, the ABC link is very real, as we are witnessing a growing worldwide breast cancer epidemic. Not only have we seen a veritable explosion of studies from the Indian subcontinent, but in “One Child Policy” mainland China as well.

In late 2013, Dr. Yubei Huang and colleagues published a systematic review and meta-analysis of 36 studies in mainland China. They reported an overall 44% increase in breast cancer risk among women with one or more abortions; up to an 89% risk increase among women with three or more abortions. (See my earlier reports on this in NRL News.) And there are also other recent studies (from the past 10 years) from elsewhere in Asia (Iran, Kazakhstan), the Mideast (Egypt, Palestine, Iraq) and elsewhere (Turkey, Armenia, Mexico) confirming the ABC link.

So just who are these wizards of smart who believe that you, dear readers of their study, are so stupid and/or so ill informed as to believe the response bias canard ? For me, who has been studying the ABC link and its cover-up for over 23 years, I go straight to the by-line.

There I see that one of the co-authors, Preetha Rajamaran, works for the NCI, the US government agency that has been lying about the ABC link for over 20 years.

Digging a bit deeper, recall that Dr. Louise Brinton, who headed the NCI’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, was the main orchestrator of the NCI’s phony 2003 workshop. Dr. Brinton is still with the NCI DCEG, but no longer as its Chief. Her new title is “Scientific Advisor for International Activities.”

Apparently, one of these international activities is teaching Asian epidemiologists how to cover up the ABC link.

Your federal tax dollars at work.

Joel Brind, Ph.D. is a professor of Human Biology and Endocrinology and Deputy Chair for Biology at Baruch College, City University of New York, USA, where he has been teaching since 1986. He has been researching the ABC link since 1992, and co-founded the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute in the USA in 1999. He is a regular contributor to NRL News and NRL News Today.

TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: abortion; breastcancer; prolife

1 posted on 03/15/2016 5:24:04 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana
Chosen Child

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2 posted on 03/15/2016 5:33:50 PM PDT by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason and rule of law. Prepare!)
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To: Morgana

I’ve seen pro-aborts try to dismiss the abortion-breast cancer link by saying that women lie about abortions, but I have never heard that dismissal explained quite the way this author did. So, we are to believe that women with breast cancer are more likely to admit past abortions than cancer-free women? That is ludicrous.

If anything, the propensity of women to lie about past abortions means the link is stronger than the studies show. There is absolutely no reason to think that the incidence of lying would be any different in the cancer versus the cancer-free groups. So women who lie about past abortions and have cancer will be counted in the wrong group—meaning that the number of post-abortive women who have cancer is even higher than counted.

Another health effect of abortion that is more immediate than cancer is the effect on future pregnancies. A history of abortion is as likely to cause fetal loss and premature birth as smoking during pregnancy. But unlike smoking, which can be stopped at any time, a previous abortion cannot be undone. The damage it does to the reproductive system is irreversible. Although the usual effect of the damage is to cause increased miscarriage and premature birth, it can cause outright inability to get pregnant. To my knowledge, abortion clients are never warned that a single abortion can prevent them from ever having a live baby (if they want one later on, that is).

3 posted on 03/15/2016 5:45:44 PM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into:
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To: Morgana

Hey, what’s the big deal? Gay men have been dying from AIDS by the millions for decades because of Political Correctness. No logical reason that PC shouldn’t kill women, too.

4 posted on 03/15/2016 5:46:51 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s, you weren't really there....)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

“Safe and Legal” is the big deal that’s why! It’s only legal it’s not safe.

5 posted on 03/15/2016 5:47:47 PM PDT by Morgana ( Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

My maternal aunt and maternal grandmother both died from breast cancer at early ages. Both also had multiple miscarriages. Failing to properly research and inform about the abortion/BC link could also negatively affect the many women who’ve never had abortions yet have miscarriages.

6 posted on 03/15/2016 6:35:03 PM PDT by goodwithagun (March 3, 2016: The date FReepers justified the "goodness" of Planned Parenthood.)
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To: goodwithagun

Se that is the thing. When your body has a miscarriage, your body “knows” the baby has left the building, so to speak. Your body quits producing the hormones needed both in the uterus and breasts. Everything shuts down.

In an abortion the body does not know this for a few weeks so the body keeps making these hormones that is why breast cancer (and other problems) happens!

7 posted on 03/15/2016 6:38:03 PM PDT by Morgana ( Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

Should I have used a sarcasm tag?

8 posted on 03/15/2016 8:38:25 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s, you weren't really there....)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Considering the amount of trolls we have had lately, yes.

9 posted on 03/15/2016 9:01:39 PM PDT by Morgana ( Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

I have been following this subject for some time.
I have come to believe that those on the left who are not complete ignoramuses would if they were being truthful admit that they consider these women victims of breast cancer to be justified collateral damage in their crusade to protect abortion.

10 posted on 03/15/2016 9:28:22 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s, you weren't really there....)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Of course. Abortion is all that matters at any cost. No matter how many women get breast cancer, become infertile, become depressed, die, all that matters is they make money from abortion and get rid of “human weeds”.

Why is it so hard for people to understand that is their agenda?

11 posted on 03/15/2016 9:55:04 PM PDT by Morgana ( Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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