By Dave Andrusko
What makes the annual National Right to Life Convention so invaluable is that in addition to the four general sessions, Prayer Breakfast, and closing Banquet there are 70 plus workshops where pro-lifers learn from experts on virtually any topic a pro-lifer could imagine.
Dr. Angela Lanfranchi is a breast surgical oncologist who is an expert on the subject of the link between induced abortion and an increase in a woman’s chance of having breast cancer. The Abortion Establishment, aided and abetted by the National Cancer Institute, insists there is no connection.However, in a number of papers, Dr. Lanfranchi has demonstrated otherwise.
I’ve included a short article she wrote just for NRL News Today to give you a sampling of what you hear when you attend her workshop on Thursday, June 24.
There are only a few days left to take advantage of the reduced room rate at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront hotel. Please go here where you will find full information about registering for the convention itself and instructions how to reach the hotel.
Induced Abortion and Breast Cancer:
What Medical Authorities and Textbooks Now Accept
By Angela Lanfranchi, MD FACS
To understand the connection between an induced abortion and an increased risk of breast cancer, one has to begin with a biological fact that is ignored in the popular conversation: An abortion does end the life of an unborn child, but it does not turn back the clock and make a pregnant woman “unpregnant.” Her body has been changed and a process that is intended to culminate in the delivery of a child has been abruptly short-circuited.
As soon as conception occurred and before implantation, the embryo releases the hormone hCG which immediately causes the mother’s ovaries to produce higher levels of estrogen and progesterone and change her breasts. That earliest sign of pregnancy, sore and tender breasts, is the result of the multiplication of breast cells to produce more breast tissue in preparation for breast feeding.
With the stimulation by the pregnancy hormones of estrogen and progesterone, the numbers of cells that are immature and cancer vulnerable are markedly increased in number. In other words, there are more places (cells) for cancers to start. It is only in the hormonal environment which occurs after the first 32 weeks of pregnancy that these cells mature through specific genetic changes which cause them to become cancer resistant. There have been two large meta-analyses confirming that induced abortion increases a woman’s risk for premature delivery.
If that woman has an abortion, however, those same immature breast tissue cells never mature. They remain cancer-vulnerable. These undisputed biological facts cause abortion to be a risk for breast cancer.
Medical authorities and textbooks now accept:
1) that a full-term pregnancy lowers a woman’s risk of breast cancer;
2) that each additional pregnancy further lowers her risk by 10%; and
3) that for each year a woman delays a full-term pregnancy her risk of premenopausal breast cancer increases by 5% and postmenopausal breast cancer by 3%.
These three facts alone necessarily cause a pregnant woman who chooses to end her pregnancy by abortion to increase her risk of breast cancer. This is because:
1) abortion causes her to lose the benefit of a full-term pregnancy;
2) she will have fewer or no full-term pregnancies; and
3) she necessarily delays a full-term pregnancy.
But there is another reason why induced abortion causes an increased risk of breast cancer: its secondary effect of increasing the rate of premature birth in the mother’s subsequent pregnancies. Any premature delivery before 32 weeks will increase breast cancer risk through the same biological mechanism that causes induced abortion to increase breast cancer risk. There have been two large meta-analyses confirming that induced abortion increases a woman’s risk for premature delivery which also increases her risk of breast cancer.
There is acknowledgement that abortion is a risk for breast cancer made by scientists worldwide in recently published studies concerning all breast cancer risks.
For instance, an American study looking at oral contraceptives as a risk for subtypes of breast cancer also controlled for induced abortion. In the discussion section of the study, it reported that as in “previous studies, induced abortion was found to be a risk for breast cancer.” The researchers on this study included Louise Brinton, who is presently the chief of the Hormonal and Reproductive Section in the Division of Epidemiology at the National Cancer Institute.
A paper from China looking into risk factors associated with sub-types of breast cancer found that induced abortion increased breast cancer risk. Another, separate Chinese study also showed an increased risk of breast cancer with induced abortion. This study also showed an increase risk with increase in numbers of abortions. A recent Turkish study has also found induced abortion to be a risk for breast cancer. In the discussion section of this paper the authors reported that their finding was consistent with previous findings in the world’s literature concerning induced abortion.