Studies – Breast Cancer

Armenian Breast Cancer Study: Diabetes Mellitus Type 2, & Prolonged Estrogen Exposure (HCWI,10/2011)

Influence of Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 and Prolonged Estrogen Exposure on Risk of Breast Cancer Among Women in Armenia   [The researchers found that Armenian women with prior induced abortions (IAs) almost triple their Breast Cancer risk. They also found, of course, that any birth has a protective effect.]   Abstract  [http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07399332.2011.569041] Diabetes mellitus type 2 (DM2) and breast cancer (BrCa) are prevalent in Armenia. We investigated DM2, reproductive factors, and BrCa in a case control study of 302 women. Multiple logistic regression analyses revealed DM2 increased adjusted odds of BrCa by 5.53 (95% CI 1.34–22.81). Any birth was protective (adjusted OR = 0.36, 95% CI 0.20–0.66). Each year delay in first pregnancy increased risk (adjusted OR = 1.13, 95% CI 1.01–1.27) as did induced abortions (adjusted OR = 2.86, 95% CI 1.02–8.04). Odds ratios were adjusted for age and body mass index (BMI), which confounded associations between DM2 and BrCa. We suggest our findings imply the need for further investigation in Armenian and in other populations with similar characteristics. [Health Care for Women International, Volume 32, Issue 11, 2011, pages 953-971, DOI: 10.1080/07399332.2011.569041, Lilit Khachatryana, Robert Scharpfb & Sarah Kagan ; Available online: 06 Oct 2011 — http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07399332.2011.569041] Armenian Breast Cancer Study: Diabetes Mellitus Type 2, & Prolonged Estrogen Exposure (HCWI, 2011)  http://www.physiciansforlife.org/armenian-breast-cancer-study-diabetes-mellitus-type-2-a-prolonged-estrogen-exposure-hcwi102011/] Study: Abortion Nearly Triples Breast Cancer Risk 'They were able to report their findings in a prominent peer-reviewed journal' A new study published by scientists who examined diabetes mellitus type 2, reproductive factors, and breast cancer found a statistically significant association showing a 2.86-fold increased breast cancer risk from one induced abortion. The study, led...

National Cancer Institute Must Tell Women That Abortion & Breast Cancer Are Linked (2010-2012)

Breast Cancer, Its Risk from Abortion and the Birth Control Pill, by Dr Chris Kahlenborn, is available for FREE reading at   http://onemoresoul.com/featured/breast-cancer-its-link-to-abortion-and-the-birth-control-pill.html The Q&A format is very reader friendly.  There is a Breast Cancer epidemic in the USA, and this book explains why and how.   [Speech by Angela Lanfranchi, MD, FACS, Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, in 2010. Dr. Lanfranchi is associated with the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute.] Decades of Hope Breast cancer not only affects A woman. It affects her spouse, family, friends and most especially her children. Yet what we see here today are examples of women who rose to that challenge. What better way to conquer fear than the grace of hope. Hope in a cure. Hope in prevention. Hope that whatever it is they will be challenged with, that they will be able to surmount it and live their lives to fullest each day into their survivorship. In October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we all hear that 1 in 8 women, or 12.5% of women, will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. That is the cumulative lifetime risk for breast cancer, which is a statistically derived number that assumes all women will live to be the age of 82 and not die of something else first. Many times, women hear that number 1 in 8 and they look about the room and start counting off. 1, 2, 3…they believe that someone in that room will get breast cancer if there are more than 8 of them. But we also need to know that if a women has no...

PowerPoint Helps Explain Abortion-Breast Cancer Connection (Sept 2011)

PowerPoint Helps Explain Abortion-Breast Cancer Connection (Sept 2011) A new guide prepared by the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer helps pregnancy centers who are facing attacks from abortion advocates for accurately informing women of the link between abortion and breast cancer. The organization’s director, Karen Malec, told LifeNews that the new Crisis Pregnancy Center PowerPoint Presentation [http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com/presentation2011/] provides “a new resource to help them defend themselves against NARAL’s and Planned Parenthood’s attacks on them for informing women about the risks of induced abortion.” The timing of the new guide is crucial, with the city of San Francisco becoming the latest to attack pregnancy centers. Malec hopes people will share this professional presentation of the abortion-breast cancer link with legislators, crisis pregnancy centers, journalists, medical professionals and pregnant women. The presentation shows how pregnancy hormones structurally change the breasts. Pregnancy outcome (i.e. full term pregnancy vs. induced abortion, 2nd trimester miscarriage or a premature birth before 32 weeks gestation) influences the maturity and cancer-resistance of the breast cells. Breast cells are not fully cancer-resistant until they lactate, Malec explains. Malec provided LifeNews a synopsis of the new presentation, which exposes the lies that women are being told about the abortion-breast cancer research by leading pro-abortion advocacy groups. NARAL and Planned Parenthood Don’t Tell Women: 1. Eight medical groups have issued statements acknowledging an independent link between abortion and increased breast cancer risk. 2. Abortion raises breast cancer risk in four ways; and only one of those four ways continues to be contested by scientists (the independent link, i.e. whether abortion leaves the breasts with more places for cancers to start). NARAL...

The Pill and Breast Cancer. Why the Ignorance?

The Pill and Breast Cancer. Why the Ignorance? Dr. Chris Kahlenborn, MD: [NOTE: This includes a Power Point audio presentation — see http://onemoresoul.com/news-commentary/the-pill-and-breast-cancer-why-the-ignorance.html ] The Current State of Affairs Most physicians, family docs and I think OBGYNs, and most researches if you ask them, “Does the birth control pill increase the risk of breast cancer?” They will go back to a study which was a pooled analysis of all the world studies, done in 1996. It look at 54 studies, 53,000 women, 25 countries and they basically said their conclusion: “Women who are currently using combined oral contraceptives or have used them in the past 10 years are at a slightly increased risk of having breast cancer diagnosed, although the additional cancers tend to be localized to the breast.” So, what does that mean? That means, if you took the birth control pill from age 15 to 25 your doctor could say to you, “If you stop the birth control pill now you’ll have a slightly increased risk of breast cancer until the age of 35 and then your risk is the same as everyone else.” So most people think well… there is not much risk for breast cancer when you are young. “It’s not really a high risk.” But this is really unfair because of several reasons. One is there are a lot of defects in the study, and without going into too much detail, if you look into bullet number 5, 2/3s of the women in this Oxford pooled analysis were over age 45, so probably half of the women were menopausal. So, you are studying the...

Calculation: Abortion Has Caused Over 300,000 Additional Breast Cancer Deaths Since Roe (2011)

Calculation: Abortion Has Caused Over 300,000 Additional Breast Cancer Deaths Since Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade Decision Experts privately acknowledge abortion-breast cancer link; but they say it's too political to discuss publicly. The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer announced that three experts will be available for interviews to discuss the impact of the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link on the Roe v. Wade generation during the month of January. Their contact information and their quotes are available below. Karen Malec, the Coalition's president, said, "During the last 21 months, four epidemiological studies and one review reported an ABC link. [1-5] One study included National Cancer Institute branch chief Louise Brinton as co-author. [3] We count nearly 50 published epidemiological studies since 1957 reporting a link. Biological and experimental studies also support it. "Experts proved in medical journals that nearly all of the roughly 20 studies denying the link are seriously flawed (fraudulent). Like the tobacco-cancer cover-up, these are used to snow women into believing abortion is safe." [6-16] Professor Joel Brind and his colleagues reported a "30% greater chance of developing breast cancer" in their 1996 review and meta-analysis of worldwide data. [17] He said recently:  "If we take the overall risk of breast cancer among women to be about 10% (not counting abortion), and raise it by 30%, we get 13% lifetime risk. Using the 50 million abortions since Roe v. Wade figure, we get 1.5 million excess cases of breast cancer. At an average mortality of 20% since 1973, that would mean that legal abortion has resulted in some 300,000 additional deaths due to breast cancer since Roe...

Iran Study: Abortion Boosts Breast Cancer Risk 193% Study Finds, Giving Birth Lowers Risk (MO, 4/10)

Iran Study: Abortion Boosts Breast Cancer Risk 193% Study Finds, Giving Birth Lowers Risk Researchers in Iran have published the results of a new study showing women who have an abortion face a 193% increased risk of breast cancer. On the other hand, women who carry a pregnancy to term find a lowered breast cancer risk compared with women who have never been pregnant. The study follows on the heels of new reports indicating Komen for the Cure gave $7.5 million to the Planned Parenthood abortion business in 2009. [see this article on this webpage] The findings were reported in the April 3, 2010 issue of Medical Oncology but are coming to the public's attention only now. Hajian-Tilaki K.O. and Kaveh-Ahangar T. from Babol University of Medical Sciences compared 100 cases of women who were newly diagnosed with breast cancer compared with 200 age-matched controls to review several reproductive factors. The researchers discovered abortion significantly elevated breast cancer risks. Also, having a first pregnancy at an older age increases the breast cancer risk by 310 percent — which has implications for women who have relied on birth control and delayed a first pregnancy until later in life. The Iranian scientists also confirmed what other studies have found, namely that increasing parity or the number of births reduces the breast cancer risk significantly. Reporting on the study, the FoodConsumer web site indicated women with parity equal to or greater than 5 reduced their breast cancer risk by 91 percent compared with women who had never been pregnant and not given birth. Each additional birth also reduced the breast cancer risk...

2 Studies: Female Hormones & Breast Cancer (JAMA 2003; JAMA 4/2006)

Influence of Estrogen Plus Progestin on Breast Cancer and Mammography in Healthy Postmenopausal Women: The Women's Health Initiative Randomized Trial Context  The Women's Health Initiative trial of combined estrogen plus progestin was stopped early when overall health risks, including invasive breast cancer, exceeded benefits. Outstanding issues not previously addressed include characteristics of breast cancers observed among women using hormones and whether diagnosis may be influenced by hormone effects on mammography. Objective  To determine the relationship among estrogen plus progestin use, breast cancer characteristics, and mammography recommendations. Design, Setting, and Participants  Following a comprehensive breast cancer risk assessment, 16 608 postmenopausal women aged 50 to 79 years with an intact uterus were randomly assigned to receive combined conjugated equine estrogens (0.625 mg/d) plus medroxyprogesterone acetate (2.5 mg/d) or placebo from 1993 to 1998 at 40 clinical centers. Screening mammography and clinical breast examinations were performed at baseline and yearly thereafter. Main Outcome Measures  Breast cancer number and characteristics, and frequency of abnormal mammograms by estrogen plus progestin exposure. Results  In intent-to-treat analyses, estrogen plus progestin increased total (245 vs 185 cases; hazard ratio [HR], 1.24; weighted P<.001) and invasive (199 vs 150 cases; HR, 1.24; weighted P = .003) breast cancers compared with placebo. The invasive breast cancers diagnosed in the estrogen plus progestin group were similar in histology and grade but were larger (mean [SD], 1.7 cm [1.1] vs 1.5 cm [0.9], respectively; P = .04) and were at more advanced stage (regional/metastatic 25.4% vs 16.0%, respectively; P = .04) compared with those diagnosed in the placebo group. After 1 year, the percentage of women with abnormal mammograms was...

Chinese Study: Abortion Increases Breast Cancer Risk, Risk Likely Higher (HP, 9/09)

RESEARCH: WOMEN IN CHINA SEE 17% HIGHER BREAST CANCER RISK FROM ABORTION. Chinese researchers have issued a new study indicating women who have had abortions face a 17 percent higher chance of contracting breast cancer than women who carried their pregnancy to term. One leading American scientist says he believes the increased risk is even higher. Peng Xing and his colleagues conducted a case-control study in northeast China examining reproductive factors associated with subtypes of breast cancer. They found a statistically significant overall odds ratio of 1.17 (17% increased breast cancer risk for all subtypes combined) among women who had induced abortions. The study excludes the possibility of a flaw called "report bias" because abortion isn't stigmatized in China. Communist officials frequently require women who violate the one-child family planning policy there to have abortions so Chinese women are considered reliable reporters of their abortion histories. Xing and his colleagues also found an increased risk of breast cancer for women who delayed their first full-term pregnancy, a frequent phenomenon among women who have an abortion of their first baby. Professor Joel Brind of Baruch College maintains that the Chinese study underestimates the risk of abortion because of its high prevalence in China. In his review of 10 prospective studies on the ABC link for the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons in December, 2005, Professor Brind explained that it's hard to do an epidemiological study accurately in communist countries where exposure to abortion affects most of the study population. "In the study, the prevalence of abortion is quite high at about 56% overall in this population," he said. "Because...

Commentary: AZRTL Conference in September 2010 Opened My Eyes to Abortion-Breast Cancer Link

Commentary: AZRTL Conference in September 2010 Opened My Eyes I attended the Arizona Right To Life annual education conference in Scottsdale on Saturday, and this year's speakers were as excellent as last year's. There were 9 choices of lectures to attend in the 3 tracks and 3 segments before lunch. My lecture choices were: Mark Crutcher, the producer of the DVD Maafa 21, who makes a convincing case for a link between slavery and abortion. Mark asked if anyone disagreed after watching the DVD, and no one could – if you would like to see it, there will be a free copy on the pro-life table in my parish, or send me your address and I will mail you a copy. There is a 2009 quote from lifetime judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg in the newer version, which is considered to be the smoking gun for the argument. It happened in a NY Times interview last year where Judge Ginsberg says, "Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of." From http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/12/magazine/12ginsburg-t.html?pagewanted=all Then I attended two lectures of Dr. Angela Lanfranchi of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, talking about the abortion/breast cancer link and the Susan B. Komen and Planned Parenthood link (She changed her lecture to only the abortion/breast cancer link that day, but did include these comments about Susan B. Komen and Planned Parenthood: they fund planned parenthood, one of the board members of Susan B. Komen was on the board of Planned Parenthood just a...

Abortion More Than Tripled Breast Cancer Risk& Breastfeeding Reduces Risk (CE, 3/2010… updated)

Study: Abortion More Than Tripled Breast Cancer Risk for Sri Lankan Women AND Prolonged Breastfeeding Reduces Risk of Breast Cancer in Sri Lankan Women: a Case-Control Study  A new study out of Sri Lanka has found that women who had abortions more than tripled their risk of breast cancer. The study focused on analyzing the association between the duration of breastfeeding and the risk of breast cancer. But the researchers also reported other “significant” risk factors for breast cancer, such as exposure to passive smoking and being post-menopausal. The highest of the reported risk factors was abortion. The study, entitled "Prolonged breastfeeding reduces risk of breast cancer in Sri Lankan women: A case-control study," was led by Malintha De Silva and colleagues from the University of Colombo. The researchers found that among women who breastfed for between 12-23 months there was a 66.3% risk reduction in comparison to those who had never breastfed and those who breastfed for between 0 and 11 months. The risk reduction climbed to 87.4% for those who breastfed for 24-35 months and 94% among women who breastfed for 36-47 months. Dr. Joel Brind, an epidemiologist at the City University of New York, cautioned that the researchers do not clearly indicate whether they are referring specifically to induced abortions, as opposed to spontaneous abortions (miscarriage).  Requests for clarification have not yet been answered. However, in the study the researchers compare their findings with other studies that focused on induced abortions, seeming to suggest that induced abortion was their focus. According to Dr. Brind, an expert on the association of abortion and breast cancer, the findings...

HCG & Breast Cancer Prevention

Drs. Jose and Irma Russo, Fox Chase Cancer Center HCG and Cancer Prevention The Doctors Russo have adjoining offices, one right behind the other in the pathology research labs at Fox Chase Cancer Center, (FCCC) in Philly, PA. Dr. Jose Russo, M. D. is Chief of Pathology at FCCC and Dr. Irma Russo, M. D. is Chief of Molecular Endocrinology and President of The League of Women Against Cancer. Their authoritative work on the development of the human breast is acknowledged world wide. Currently, Dr. Jose Russo is Principle Investigator in a research study examining the hormone Human Chorionic Gonadatropin, (HCG) which appears to have a role in reducing breast cancer risks. At birth all humans are exposed to HCG. HCG initiates the many stages in the development of the fetus. At home pregnancy tests register on HCG levels, which signal pregnancy. The Russos have found that early, full-term pregnancy, before the age of 25, has certain beneficial, protective effects from breast cancer. As HCG signals the undifferentiated or immature breast cells to mature, these slower-growing mature breast cells allow time for DNA repairs to take place in damaged breast cells, avoiding the development of breast cancer. HCG treatment, the Russos say, may signal breast cells to mature as it does in early pregnancy, thus preventing breast cancer....

National Cancer Institute Researcher Admits Abortion Breast Cancer Link (CEBP, 4/2009)…2010

National Cancer Institute Researcher Admits Abortion Breast Cancer Link U.S. National Cancer Institute researcher Dr. Louise Brinton, who was the chief organizer of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) workshop in 2003 that persuaded women that it was “well established” that “abortion is not associated with increased breast cancer risk,” has reversed her position and now admits that abortion and oral contraceptives raise breast cancer risks. An April 2009 study by Jessica Dolle et al. of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center examining the relationship between oral contraceptives (OCs) and triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), an aggressive form of breast cancer associated with high mortality in women under age 45, contained an admission from Dr. Brinton and her colleagues that abortion raises breast cancer risk by 40%. The study found that “a statistically significant 40% increased risk for women who have abortions” exists, and that a ” 270% increased risk of triple negative breast cancer (an aggressive form of breast cancer associated with high mortality) among those who used oral contraceptives while under age 18 and a 320% increased risk of triple negative breast cancer among recent users (within 1-5 years) of oral contraceptives,” also exists. This means that women who start using OCs before age 18 multiply their risk of TNBC by 3.7 times and recent users of OCs within the last one to five years multiply their risk by 4.2 times. “Although the study was published nine months ago,” stated Karen Malec, president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, in a press release, “the NCI, the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and other cancer fundraising...

HAMLET: Substance Found in Breast Milk Kills 40 Types of Cancer Cells (POJ, 2/10)

HAMLET: Substance Found in Breast Milk Kills 40 Types of Cancer Cells Swedish researchers have discovered that a substance found in human breast milk has the ability to kill cancer cells, according to a study published in the PLoS One Journal. The substance known as HAMLET (Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made Lethal to Tumor cells), was discovered years ago, but has just recently been tested on humans. In the trial conducted at Lund University in Sweden, patients suffering from bladder cancer were treated with HAMLET. After each treatment, the patients excreted dead cancer cells in their urine, healthy cells remaining intact. Previous laboratory experiments showed that HAMLET has the ability to kill 40 different types of cancer cells, but this was the first test conducted on humans. The next step will be to test the substance on skin cancer and brain tumors. The trial breakthrough increases the hopes that HAMLET will be developed into a cancer treatment medication in the future. [April 20, 2010, http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,591289,00.html ] Click here to read Research Article from PLoS One — "HAMLET Interacts with Lipid Membranes and Perturbs Their Structure and Integrity" published 23 February 2010, http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0009384 Abstract Background Cell membrane interactions rely on lipid bilayer constituents and molecules inserted within the membrane, including specific receptors. HAMLET (human α-lactalbumin made lethal to tumor cells) is a tumoricidal complex of partially unfolded α-lactalbumin (HLA) and oleic acid that is internalized by tumor cells, suggesting that interactions with the phospholipid bilayer and/or specific receptors may be essential for the tumoricidal effect. This study examined whether HAMLET interacts with artificial membranes and alters membrane structure. Methodology/Principal Findings We show...

Women in China See 17% Higher Breast Cancer Risk From Abortion (9/09, HP)

Research: Women in China See 17% Higher Breast Cancer Risk From Abortion Chinese researchers have issued a new study indicating women who have had abortions face a 17 percent higher chance of contracting breast cancer than women who carried their pregnancy to term. One leading American scientist says he believes the increased risk is even higher. Peng Xing and his colleagues conducted a case-control study in northeast China examining reproductive factors associated with subtypes of breast cancer. They found a statistically significant overall odds ratio of 1.17 (17% increased breast cancer risk for all subtypes combined) among women who had induced abortions. The study excludes the possibility of a flaw called "report bias" because abortion isn't stigmatized in China. Communist officials frequently require women who violate the one-child family planning policy there to have abortions so Chinese women are considered reliable reporters of their abortion histories. Xing and his colleagues also found an increased risk of breast cancer for women who delayed their first full-term pregnancy, a frequent phenomenon among women who have an abortion of their first baby. Professor Joel Brind of Baruch College maintains that the Chinese study underestimates the risk of abortion because of its high prevalence in China.   In his review of 10 prospective studies on the ABC link for the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons in December, 2005, Professor Brind explained that it's hard to do an epidemiological study accurately in communist countries where exposure to abortion affects most of the study population. "In the study, the prevalence of abortion is quite high at about 56% overall in this population," he said....

Surgeon: Abortion, Birth Control Pill Linked to Breast Cancer (2009)

Abortion, Birth Control Pill Linked to Breast Cancer, surgeon says Angela Lanfranchi, a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey and president of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute labeled hormonal contraceptives “a Group 1 carcinogen” [WHO report] and said that “breasts are different after an induced abortion because they’ve grown and there are more places for the cancer to start.” She said the same thing happens in premature delivery. In contrast, she said, a full-term pregnancy offers protection against the disease because the mother’s mammary glands have fully matured into cells capable of producing milk and most resistant to carcinogens. Having children in the early twenties or as a teenager also decreases the breast cancer risk. Among the other strategies for lowering breast cancer are limiting alcohol, exercising, not smoking, maintaining a normal body weight, breast-feeding your children, avoiding induced abortions, avoiding premature deliveries, and reducing exposure to estrogen. Lanfranchi advocates natural family planning rather than birth control pills, patches or injections, which are steroidal. For more info: www.bcpinstitute.org [http://www.daytondailynews.com/lifestyle/ohio-health-news/abortion-birth-control-pill-linked-to-breast-cancer-surgeon-says-366699.html?cxtype=ynews_rss, Dayton Daily News; ALL Pro-Life Today,...

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the most frequent type of cancer in women, and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in women (1). In addition, approximately 30% of women aged =40 years have a disability (2), and during 2008 women aged =40 years with a disability were less likely to have a mammogram (72.2%) than were women without a disability (77.8%) (2). To decrease delayed diagnosis of breast cancer, health-care providers should encourage and schedule mammograms every 1–2 years for all women aged =40 years, including those with disabilities. Women with disabilities disproportionately encounter barriers to preventative health care, which can be reduced by improving environmental access, enhancing provider training and education, increasing outreach efforts to women with disabilities, and improving overall health education. To encourage women with disabilities aged =40 years to get screened for breast cancer, CDC has launched the Right to Know campaign (available at http://www.cdc.gov/righttoknow). The campaign includes resources and materials that can assist health-care professionals, organizations, and their partners in effectively communicating the need for early and regular breast cancer screening for women living with physical disabilities. References 1. US Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States cancer statistics: 1999–2005 cancer incidence and mortality data. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC and National Cancer Institute; 2009. 2. CDC. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey data. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2008. [CDC, Weekly, October 16, 2009 / 58(40);1126; http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5840a4.htm?s_cid=mm5830a4_e ] [ED. NOTE: The CDC — as well as the American Cancer Society and Komen Fdn, among others — should take notice of the mounting studies which suggest...

Study in Turkey Finds 66 Percent Increased Breast Cancer Risk After Abortion (WJSO, 4/09)

A new study done on women in Turkey who had abortions finds a 66 percent increased risk of contracting breast cancer as a result. The study is the latest to confirm that abortions cause significant adverse medical risks for women who have them, in addition to killing unborn children. The results also found that, while induced abortion causes increased breast cancer risks for women, having a spontaneous abortion, or miscarriage, does not. Dr. Vahit Ozmen and his colleagues at the Istanbul Medical Faculty at Istanbul University and Magee-Women's hospital in Pittsburgh conducted the new retrospective study. They published their findings in the April 2009 issue of the World Journal of Surgical Oncology and examined women who, between January 2000 and December 2006, were admitted to clinics of Istanbul Medical Faculty for examination. The researchers said that their findings showed abortion was "significantly associated with increased breast cancer risk." "Breast cancer risk was found to be increased in women with … induced abortion (95% confidence interval)" and an age above 35 years-old at the time of a first live birth. "However, decreased breast cancer risk was associated with … presence of spontaneous abortion." "Our study revealed that spontaneous abortion was associated with the decreased risk of breast cancer in univariate analysis whereas induced abortion was associated with increased breast cancer risk in both univariate and multivariable analyses," they wrote. Contrary to the claims of groups like Planned Parenthood and Susan G. Komen for the Cure that say there is no such-abortion breast cancer link, the physicians involved in the study assert otherwise. Other studies "found a positive association between induced...

Alabama Law Expands Treatment for Breast and Cervical Cancer (2009)

CANCER HB147 signed into Alabama Law, expanding the treatment for women diagnosed with breast and/or cervical cancer through Medicaid.  It will become effective July 1, 2009 and Medicaid has the funding for this new law. This new law will cost Alabama Medicaid Agency approximately $3.7 million annually for providing treatment for cervical and/or breast cancer to approximately 250 new Medicaid eligible recipients under the age of 65 who are diagnosed to have breast and/or cervical cancer by either a National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) provider or a private physician who has been identified by the Department of Public Health as part of the Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and operates consistently within its guidelines. The projected increase of $3.7 million would be split $835,000 (22.41%) from the State General Fund and the remaining $2.9 million (77.59%) from federal matching funds. The actual amount of the increase in obligations would be dependent upon the number of new women that meet Medicaid eligibility requirements under the provisions of this bill and the cost of treatment. Assigned Act No. 2009-320 on...

Looping Genes May Hold a Key to Understanding Breast Cancer (4/08)

LOOPING GENES MAY HOLD A KEY TO UNDERSTANDING BREAST CANCER. Another piece of the puzzle that is breast cancer has been found by University of Queensland researchers. Dr Melissa Brown, from UQ's School of Molecular and Microbial Sciences, and her team have discovered how a particular gene associated with breast cancer behaves, which may lead to better testing for the debilitating disease.  Dr Brown and Dr Juliet French at UQ, together with their colleagues at The University of Oxford, studied the BRCA1 gene and found that it exists in a looped formation. "Our studies suggest that BRCA1 looks a bit like a bow when the gene is switched off, and that part of this 'bow' disappears when the gene is switched on," Dr Brown said. "Interestingly, the shape of the bow changes in different breast cancer cells, raising the possibility that this gene looping may contribute to the cancer process."   She said ongoing studies would identify the specific DNA sequences and DNA binding molecules involved in BRCA1 gene looping.   "The status of these sequences in a larger cohort of breast cancer patients will also be determined," she said. "This information may lead to more sensitive pre-symptomatic testing for breast cancer and the identification of new therapeutic targets." [10-Apr-2008, http://www.news-medical.net/?id=37223, Medical Research News]...

Reducing the Rate of Breast Cancer (2007)

MEDICAL JOURNAL SHOWS HOW TO REDUCE RATES OF BREAST CANCER, PREMATURE BIRTH Two letters published this month in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons show how the exceptionally high rates of breast cancer and premature birth can be reduced in the U.S. [1,2] The first letter by Brent Rooney and William Johnston reports that Poland dramatically reduced its rates of premature birth, maternal mortality and infant mortality within a few years after its abortion rate declined by 98% between 1989 and 1993 (as a result of the passage of restrictive abortion laws).  The authors predict that U.S. rates of premature birth and breast cancer will decline if a similar decline in the abortion rate takes place. The authors said no published animal studies exist that prove the safety of vacuum aspiration (VA) abortion.  Noting that that makes abortion on women medically unethical, the authors wrote, "Thus, as of 2007, VA is an unproven experimental procedure." The second letter, by Karen Malec, president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, discusses Patrick Carroll's earlier research [3,4], which showed that abortion is the "best predictor of breast cancer" and fertility is the second-best predictor. "Abortion and Breast Cancer Link. A remarkable article by Patrick S. Carroll, M.A., Director of Research at the Pension and Population Research Institute (PAPRI), London, U.K., makes an important case for the existence of a link between these two entities – to the extent that the data provided can be used to forecast the incidence of breast cancer for England & Wales.  All in all, seven reproductive risk factors were examined, and induced abortion was found to...