Thursday, October 4, 2007

Yet Another Link Between Abortion and Breast Cancer

A new report shows a strong link between abortion and breast cancer. Yet another shot that undermines the standard "safe, legal, and rare" rhetoric:
It shows, that among risk factors, abortion is the "best predictor of breast cancer." The results show that countries with higher abortions rates, such as England and Wales, higher breast cancer incidence is reported. "Where abortion rates are low (i.e. Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic) a smaller increase is expected," the study said.
Read the whole study...

Similarly, a different study shows that motherhood reduces the risk of breast cancer:
In addition to the unbridled joy that comes with being a parent, a surprising new benefit of motherhood was recently found by researchers: a reduced risk of breast cancer. Researchers at the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center have stumbled upon an odd phenomenon that links motherhood with a lower chance of developing the deadly disease.

The study consisted of a group of 82 women, with 35 of the participants having been diagnosed with breast cancer. More than half of the women had given birth to at least one son. This was significant, as Dr. Gadi and his team used the presence of Y-chromosomes (male DNA) as proof of fetal microchimerism.

When the results from the women's blood samples were analyzed, a clear trend emerged. Forty-three percent of the cancer-free participants had male DNA in their blood, compared to only 13 percent in the breast cancer group. This finding indicated that the transmission of cells from fetus to mother was related to a decreased incidence of breast cancer.


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