For the second time in just months, a major study is ringing alarm bells not just about the connection between abortion and birth-control pills and breast cancer, one of the biggest killers of women in the U.S., but over the fact patients are not being adequately warned about the dangers they face in making those “choices.”
It was a study in the Linacre Quarterly by experts from St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Catholic Social Services in Lincoln, Nebraska, the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill that said informed consent is becoming a major issue.
“Research studies document a compounding of breast cancer risk factors for girls and young women that underscores the duty for full and accurate informed consent,” the study states, citing the horrifying statistics that have been revealed.
“A history of abortion before 8 weeks gestation in women younger than 18 years (girls) increased the risk of breast cancer by 30 percent. However, if a pregnancy lasting more than 8 weeks was terminated when a girl was younger than 18 years, the risk increased 800 percent,” the study said.
And it gets even worse.
“In women with a positive family history (defined as a sister, mother, aunt or grandmother with breast cancer), the overall risk was 1.8 (80 percent increased, but ‘was particularly strong for a first abortion that occurred prior to age 18 years.’ In fact, the risk was infinity, as breast cancer developed in 100 percent of these girls – 12 of 12 cases, but in none of the controls,” the study said.
Regarding birth control?
“The World Health Organization raised the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classification of [oral contraceptives] from ‘possibly’ carcinogenic (IARC 1999) to a Group 1, or highest carcinogenic risk category. The agency concluded, ‘After examining all of the evidence, the Working Group classified combined oral contraceptives as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1).’ Furthermore, the same Group 1 classification was made for ‘combined estrogen-progestagen hormone therapy,” it said.
The study paints a bleak picture of the situation:
“Many reports from the United States and other Western countries have … linked induced abortion (IA) to breast cancer (the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link). Recently, there has been a surge in the number of reports from multiple, non-Western nations, associating abortion with breast cancer. Consequently, there is now sufficient evidence to conclude that IA is causally linked to breast cancer.”
It continued, “There is also evidence of a compounding of breast cancer risk factors in girls and young women … Recent epidemiological research found a large increase in this malignancy in young women that is metastatic (to bone, brain and lungs) at the time of diagnosis. This ominous development has ‘no recommended screening practice’ and a dismal prognosis …”
And how about warnings?
“This sobering trend mandates the need for disclosure of breast cancer risk factors. A medical, legal and ethical duty for full and accurate informed consent exists for all females. This is especially imperative for a girl (with her parent or guardian), or a young woman, who is considering the choice of an oral contraceptive …” the study said.
WND multiple times has reported on the concerns that having an abortion increases a women’s risk of breast cancer, including when a meta-analysis found that a single abortion raised the risk of breast cancer for a woman by an astonishing 44 percent.
It was professor Joel Brind, a science adviser for the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, who called the finding at that time a “real game-changer” in the controversy over the link between abortion and breast cancer.
Written by BOB UNRUH
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