Breast Cancer Risk from Abortion (Kahlenborn MD)

How Could Abortion Cause Breast Cancer?At the beginning of pregnancy there are great increases in certain hormone levels (e.g. estrogen, progesterone, and hCG) that support pregnancy. In response to these changes breast cells divide and mature into cells abel to produce mild. Abortion causes an abrupt fall in hormone levels, leaving the breast cells in an immature state. These immature cells can more easily become cancer cells. Has This Been Proven?Yes. As of 1/1999, 11 of 12 studies in the USA amd 25 of 31 studies worldwide, showed that women who experienced an induced abortion had an increased risk of breast cancer. In 1996, Joel Brind, PhD [1], assembled the results of all the studies up to that time. Brind concluded that women who have an abortion before their first fuul-term pregnancy have a 50% increased risk of developing breast cancer while those who have an abortion after their first full-term pregnancy have a 30% increased risk. What Does it Mean to Have “a 50% increase risk of developing breast cancer”?A 50% increased risk means a 50% higher risk than someone whould have otherwise. For example, if a person already had a 10% risk of developing breast cancer, the a 50% increase would bring the risk up to 15%. How Serious a Problem is Breast Cancer?Breast cancer is the worldwide leading cancer in women and is the most common cause of cancer death for U.S. women age 20-59. In the U.S. every year about 175,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 43,000 U.S. women die from this disease. This means that about 1 U.S. woman of...