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Federal study acknowledges links between breast cancer and abortion, contraception

Catholic World News - January 06, 2010

A study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, concluded in April 2009, showed a strong correlation between the use of oral contraceptives and a particularly deadly form of breast cancer. The study found that the connection was highest among women who began using oral contraceptives while they were teenagers.

The study was particularly noteworthy because it contained an admission by a researcher from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Louise Brinton, that abortion also raised the rate of “triple-negative” breast cancer. Brinton had previously headed a study that denied evience of a link between abortion and the incidence of breast cancer.

The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer has questioned why the April 2009 study has not yet earned major media coverage. "Although the study was published nine months ago," observed Karen Malec, president of the coalition, "the NCI, the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and other cancer fundraising businesses have made no efforts to reduce breast cancer rates by issuing nationwide warnings to women."

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  • Posted by: voxfem - Jan. 07, 2010 8:10 AM ET USA

    For the same reason they won't acknowledge the damage contraceptives are doing to the environment, of course: they "can't tell people how to live their lives". What are the odds they will have to put warnings on contraceptives the way they do on cigarettes?

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