UPDATE, 1/9, 7:30p: I just learned from David Schmidt of LiveAction.org (which is why his group is known for super sleuthing and I’m not… that About.com is owned by the New York Times. Sure enough, from About.com’s home page…
Checking back this morning, About.com blogger Pam Stephan has added to her original post, making it even more condemning. In addition to the blurb I quoted in its entirety yesterday, Stephan has added…
Dolle’s research shows that if you started taking birth control pills before age 18, your risk for TNBC is increased by 3.7 times. If you’ve been using The Pill within the last 1 to 5 years, your TBNC risk is raised 4.2 times. Triple-negative breast cancer is aggressive and strikes women who are under 40, and many victims are African Americans. Survival odds for TBNC are quite low.
As if that news were not alarming enough, a statement by NCI researcher Louise Brinton admits that abortion raises breast cancer risk by 40%. Brinton spearheaded the 2003 NCI workshop about the abortion-breast cancer link (referred to as ABC). That workshop made every effort to assure women that having induced abortions was not linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, and that research did not support an ABC link. Now NCI, usually a trusted institution, is telling us that there is a 40% risk increase for women who have had abortions.
Before I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2002, I took birth control pills for about 5 years. They prevented conception, made me a little queasy, but seemed otherwise harmless. In those days, the hormones in The Pill were lower than contraceptives that were produced in the 1980’s, so I thought they were safe. After all, a doctor prescribed them for me – so no health risk, right? Maybe they were wrong! As soon as my breast lump was detected on a mammogram, when I was 46 years old, I was told to stop taking The Pill. That was one year before NCI told us that The Pill would not raise my risk for breast cancer. Now, I wish I’d never taken it. Perhaps one’s risk is not as simple as taking The Pill, or eating a healthy diet, or a genetic mutation – but if my risk is lower now because of being off contraceptives and never having had an abortion, I’m glad there’s something I can do. I just wish agencies like the NCI would get their story straight, so we have as much information as possible, to reduce our risk of breast cancer.
1/8, 12:30p: I’ve been reading news reports in the conservative/pro-life world (like LifeSiteNews.com) about National Cancer Institute researcher Louise Brinton’s reversal of professional opinion to now agree there is a link between induced abortion and breast cancer.
Brinton’s name in all this is a Big Deal, as Dr. Joel Brind, who was there, explained:
Importantly, Brinton was the chief organizer for the 2003 NCI “workshop” on “early reproductive events and breast cancer”, a panel which reported that the lack of an ABC link had been “established”.
Pro-aborts have, of course, been mum on the revelation about Brinton, which involves her co-authorship of a published study acknowledging the ABC link, except for RabbleProChoice, who naively insinuated the truth in a blog post: If and when mainstream science openly acknowledges the ABC link, the fallout will be enormous for the other side, which is why they so so desperately try to dismiss it….
Rabble linked back for reassurance to an old RH Reality Check post.
But today the mainstream website About.com, which I’ve found to sometimes even skew left, posted something on the Brinton bombshell. The piece mentions only Jessica Dolle, but this is about the aforementioned study Brinton also authored…
In 2003, the U.S. National Cancer Institute sought to reassure women that using birth control pills would not raise their risk for breast cancer. NCI also told women that having an abortion was not a risk factor for breast cancer.
Now it turns out that a study published in April 2009 by Jessica Dolle et al. of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center shows just the opposite: oral contraception is linked with an increased risk for triple-negative breast cancer in women who are 45 years old and younger.
The research paper, “Risk factors for triple-negative breast cancer in women under the age of 45 years,” was published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
This research paper features a table of risk factors, which includes induced abortion as one of several “known and suspected risk factors”.
Of course, it’s too soon to tell whether this is a real breakthrough, but it’s certainly something.
That the authors also found a link between abortion and hormonal contraceptives makes this study cataclysmic for liberal feminist ideology.