Consider Other Risks
Abortion and Breast Cancer:
Medical research continues regarding linkage between abortion and breast cancer. However, there are some noted facts to consider:
1. Carrying a pregnancy to full term gives protection against breast cancer that cannot be gained if abortion is chosen.
2. Abortion causes a sudden drop in estrogen levels that may make breast cells more prone to cancer.
3. Most studies conducted thus far show a significant linkage between abortion and breast cancer.
A 1994 study in the journal of the national Cancer Institute found: “Among women who had been pregnant at least once, the risk of breast cancer in those who had experienced an induced abortion was 50% higher than among other women.”
K. Armstrong, et al, “Assessing the Risk of Breast Cancer,” New England Journal of Medicine Volume 342, #8, February 24, 2000. J. Brind, “Induced Abortion as an Independent Risk Factor for Breast Cancer: A Comprehensive Review and Meta-Analysis.” Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 50:481-496, 1996. “Risk of Breast Cancer Among Young Women: Relationship to Induced Abortion,” Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Volume 86, #21
Effect on Future Pregnancy
Scarring or other injury during an abortion procedure may prevent or place at risk future wanted pregnancies. The risk of miscarriage is greater for women who abort their first pregnancy. Additionally, there are studies which indicate women who have abortions have a higher risk of premature births in subsequent pregnancies.
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