40 Days Of Truth: Day 1

bebinn:

ladyatheist:

Abortion does not cause breast cancer.

From the National Cancer Institute:

The relationship between induced and spontaneous abortion and breast cancer risk has been the subject of extensive research beginning in the late 1950s. Until the mid-1990s, the evidence was inconsistent. Findings from some studies suggested there was no increase in risk of breast cancer among women who had had an abortion, while findings from other studies suggested there was an increased risk. Most of these studies, however, were flawed in a number of ways that can lead to unreliable results. Only a small number of women were included in many of these studies, and for most, the data were collected only after breast cancer had been diagnosed, and women’s histories of miscarriage and abortion were based on their “self-report” rather than on their medical records. Since then, better-designed studies have been conducted. These newer studies examined large numbers of women, collected data before breast cancer was found, and gathered medical history information from medical records rather than simply from self-reports, thereby generating more reliable findings. The newer studies consistently showed no association between induced and spontaneous abortions and breast cancer risk.

It really doesn’t get much clearer than that. Yes, there were studies in the past that said induced abortion and breast cancer were linked. However, those studies were proven to be false. To continue to cite them does not make the “abortion causes breast cancer” myth true. It only shows that the “pro-life” movement only cares about scaring people out of getting the abortion they want and need. Anyone who says that abortion causes breast cancer is flat out lying.

If you want more information on the topic, here are some links to check out:

For more studies on the topic:

This reanalysis of 53 studies on the correlation between abortion and breast cancer, published in the Lancet in 2004 and cited on the National Institute of Health’s PubMed database, concluding that there is no link.

National Cancer Institute’s Early Reproductive Events and Breast Cancer Workshop that concluded, in 2003, that there was also no link.

American Cancer Society’s page on abortion and breast cancer, which states that - surprise! - there’s no link.

1997 study of 1.5 million Danish women that concludes there’s no link.

Just for quick reference.

(Source: womanistgamergirl)