We hear a lot about breast cancer awareness these days and the need for regular mammograms and fund raising for research. What we don’t hear about is the well established connection between breast cancer, birth control pills, implants, injectables, patches and abortion. In other words, all the planks that feminists have been walking for decades.

Well, perhaps that is about to change. A high ranking researcher with the US National Cancer Institute (NCI), Dr Louise Brinton, and her colleagues, have admitted recently that abortion does raise breast cancer risk by 40%. This is significant, since Dr Brinton had previously claimed that there was no such risk. 

For forty years now, there have been reports in the medical literature of the increased future risk of breast cancer among women who have abortions, compared with those who carry their babies to term. Unfortunately, these reports are not usually read by the general public and remain buried. If the word ever does get out, then the reports are hotly denied and women are assured by the ‘experts’ that they have nothing to worry about, that there is absolutely no connection between abortion, contraception and breast cancer.

Dr Joel Brind and Dr Angela Lanfranchi of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute in the USA and other medical professionals who have combined to form the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, have worked tirelessly for many years to explain the connection between estrogen and breast cancer and to beg for women to be informed of the risks of abortion and contraceptives and how to reduce these risks.

Even the International Agency for Cancer Research (IARC) associated with the World Health Organisation (WHO) was largely ignored when it announced in 2005 that the combined estrogen/progesterone birth control pill was ‘cancer causing to humans’ and had been listed as a Group 1 carcinogen alongside nicotine and asbestos! The best the Australian Medical Association President could do was advise women to have regular mammograms! That’s like telling smokers to keep on smoking, just have regular chest Xrays.

LifeSite News recently reported on a 2009 study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in the US which looked into the relationship between oral contraceptives and triple-negative breast cancer, an aggressive form of breast cancer associated with high mortality, in women under age 45. The results should be enough to shut down the anti-life crowd immediately. The study found a statistically significant 40% increased risk of breast cancer following abortion and a 270% increased risk of triple negative breast cancer among oral contraceptive users while under age 18.

The really significant thing is that this study was conducted as far back as April last year. Did it make headlines in any of our papers? Where are all our ‘investigative journalists’? Anyone? Anyone?

To understand the nature of the link between estrogen and breast cancer we need to realize the effect of estrogen on breast cells. Every menstrual cycle raises the level of estrogen and in pregnancy the estrogen boost is extremely high and prolonged, causing the rapid cell proliferation. If the pregnancy proceeds to term, the cells mature into milk producing ducts and no further development occurs. If, however, the pregnancy is interrupted by induced abortion, there are significantly more potentially cancerous cells in the breast and more places for breast cancers to start.

Conversely, a full term pregnancy and breast feeding offer protection against breast cancer. It has also been shown that breast cancer in pregnant women can be treated and the worst thing that any doctor can do is recommend an abortion which will not only kill her baby but increase her risk of aggressive breast cancer as well. Women who become pregnant after breast cancer are best protected too by carrying the baby to term. Yet the prevailing medical ‘wisdom’ in our anti-life culture is to abort.

Well, you can’t fool all of the people all of the time and perhaps now with the admission of Dr Brinton and colleagues from the prestigious NCI, the tide may turn. Let us pray for that.

In the meantime, our legislators who dole out our hard earned dollars to the Family Planning Associations and their accomplices should be hearing from us. Abortion should be taken of the Medicare schedule and contraceptives should not be subsidized.

Please check the websites of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute and the Coalition for Abortion/Breast Cancer for detailed information.

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