Chinese Women with Abortion Experience 17% Increased Breast Cancer Risk

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski

SHENYANG, China, November 12, 2009 ( - Chinese researchers at the Department of Oncology at the First Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University who conducted a case-control study examining reproductive factors associated with breast cancer found a statistically significant 17% increased breast cancer risk among Chinese women who had induced abortions.

Peng Xing and his colleagues also found that, although breastfeeding protected women from any subtype of breast cancer, an increase in risk of breast cancer was associated with having more children among women who delayed their first full term pregnancy (FFTP) until after age 25 and never breastfed.

The researchers studied 1,417 women diagnosed with breast cancer between 2001 and 2009, and matched them with 1,587 controls without a prior breast cancer history.

The report was e-published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Dr. Joel Brind, professor of endocrinology at Baruch College, City University of New York and a director at the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, said Chinese studies on the abortion/breast cancer (ABC) link exclude the possibility of a flaw called "report bias" because abortion isn't stigmatized in China.

"Communist officials forcibly abort women after first full term pregnancy (FFTP), so Chinese women are considered reliable reporters of their abortions," Dr. Brind explained. He also added that Chinese studies may underestimate the risk of abortion because of its high prevalence in China.

In his review of ten 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."

"The prevalence of abortion is quite high at about 56% overall in this population," Professor Brind said. "Because abortion is so prevalent in the population, women in the small, unexposed population (the comparison group) are a minority group and do not represent a typical population. Rather, they're atypical because they represent a high-risk subgroup. Women without abortions in China are more likely to be childless or to have late FFTPs, which are accepted risk factors for breast cancer."

Hence, if the control group in a study of breast cancer risk is itself a high-risk group, the heightened risk for the experimental group could actually be significantly underestimated.

Earlier this year, a Turkish study reported a statistically significant 66% increased risk of breast cancer for women with abortions.

Karen Malec, president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, said, "The Chinese and the Turkish studies are relevant considering the debate over government-funded abortion through healthcare reform" in the US. "Government-funded abortion means more dead American women from breast cancer."

Malec suggested that both the Turkish and the Chinese studies show that, when research is conducted outside the control of the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) and other Western governmental agencies or organizations tethered to abortion ideology and politics, the truth emerges that abortion raises risk of breast cancer.

"Studies reporting no abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link were proven in medical journals to be stupendously flawed, even fraudulent," Malec said.

"Although the NCI, the nation's largest funder of cancer-research, and others have worked feverishly to suppress the ABC link by publishing fraudulent research and even leaning on scientists whose studies have shown risk increases among women who have abortions, honest research occasionally escapes the NCI's purview," Malec concluded.

For more information on the medical connection between abortion and breast cancer please visit the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer website here.

See related LSN articles:

Study: Breast Cancer Risk 66% Higher in Turkish Women with Abortions 

Chinese Breast Cancer Deaths Jump 40% since One Child Abortion Policy

New Study Shows Abortion is 'Best Predictor of Breast Cancer'

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