KENTVILLE, October 21, 2004 ( – Another study of has shown that pregnancy-related factors, especially those related to a first pregnancy, significantly influence women’s risk of breast cancer.

A group of 2,500 women who developed breast cancer after their first pregnancy were compared with 10,000 cancer-free mothers of single children. The research indicates, “extremely premature delivery” is included in the risk factors for a two-fold increase in the cases of breast cancer.

The researchers report in the International Journal of Cancer, “Extreme prematurity has been characterized by high maternal estrogen levels, which could increase breast cell proliferation.” Such cell proliferation is the source of breast cancer.

Dr. Kim E. Innes of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver and Dr. Tim E. Byers of the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville say, “Our results suggest that certain perinatal factors are associated with maternal breast cancer risk.”  A crisis pregnancy organization in Nova Scotia points out that women need to have the right to be informed of all possible risks with something as serious as cancer in the balance.

Bill Davenport, Executive Director of The Valley Care Pregnancy Centre in Kentville, Nova Scotia, wrote on the organization’s web log, “When looking into options that a young woman has when she discovers she is pregnant, the issue of risks involved with abortion comes up. Recently, in the media, there has been talk of links of breast cancer with abortion. This seems to go hand in hand with the debated idea that abortion increases the risk of cancer, for abortion is a form of ‘extremely premature delivery.’ People need to know the risks they take before undergoing any surgery.”  In many US cases, attempts to introduce ‘informed consent’ laws requiring doctors to give complete information on possible risks of abortion have been vehemently opposed by ‘women’s rights’ groups promoting abortion. Davenport cites the possible risk of cancer as one reason his organization never refers for abortions or provides abortifacients. “Our counsel is that abortion compounds rather than solves the problems associated with a crisis pregnancy.”  Reuter’s coverage:   ph


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