Sunday, April 29, 2007

No link between abortion and breast cancer

A recently released prospective study from the Harvard Medical School has concluded that neither abortions nor miscarriages increase the risk of breast cancer.

I am not surprised; this is not the first high quality study to refute the hypothesized link between abortion and breast cancer. Despite the lack of evidence, in 2002 the National Cancer Institute posted information on the link on its web site. In addition, several states, including Texas, require clinicians to warn women seeking abortions that they may be increasing their risk of breast cancer by going through with an abortion.

I hope that with this study the issue can be laid to rest. But I seriously, seriously doubt that this will be the final word.

The abstract and full text are available in the
Archives of Internal Medicine.

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