Thursday, December 01, 2005

Research Used to Deny Abortion-Breast Cancer Link is Seriously Flawed

Karen Malec, Medical Journal. December 2, 2005.
According to a scientific review of 10 prospective studies published online today in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) and others are using seriously flawed research to deny an abortion-breast cancer link. The author, Professor Joel Brind of Baruch College, concluded: "These recent studies therefore do not invalidate the large body of previously published studies that established induced abortion as a risk factor for breast cancer."Brind is the second expert to accuse abortion enthusiasts of conducting "shoddy research." His paper represents an update to a 1996 review and meta-analysis of the research in which 18 out of 23 studies reported risk increases for women with abortion histories. Other research in the journal Lancet in 2004 - also used to deny the cancer link - was severely criticized by four experts (independently of one another). Even the Lancet authors (and most authors of the 10 prospective studies) concede one of two breast cancer risks (the secondary risk), despite their denials of a link. Scientists don't debate the secondary risk of abortion - the longer a woman delays a first birth, the greater her breast cancer risk is. But scientists debate whether abortion is independently linked to breast cancer - whether it leaves women with more cancer-susceptible breast tissue. Most recent research excludes the effect of the secondary risk because it's already considered a "given."


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