Thursday, November 15, 2007

Abortion and Breast Cancer

Earlier this month the Kitchener Record did a hit piece on KW Right to Life's recent billboard campaign that highlights the link between abortion and breast cancer. According to the Record article, the Breast Cancer Foundation's position is that there is no link between abortion and breast cancer. But according to AbortionBreastCancer.ca:
Since 1957, a total of 70 studies worldwide have been published with specific data on induced abortion and breast cancer. Of these, approximately 80% have provided evidence linking induced abortion to the later development of breast cancer.

I'm not a scientist, and I'm sure there are studies that find contrary conclusions. But I have to ask with such a wide body of evidence that suggests there may be a link. Why don't cancer associations develop a more nuanced position?

3 comments:

PinkAmelie said...

This is very interesting, and highly controvesial! A link between aborting and breast cancer? I'd like to see a bit more research done to show any sort of correllation because it sounds slightly rediculous.


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Doug Mitchell said...

I would have to question the legitimacy of abortionbreastcancer.ca's "review". Even their presentation of the alternative viewpoint is inundated with bias. I can't comment on the overall balance of the research, but when organizations attempt to present two sides of the argument and simply rephrase their opinions under the heading of presenting the other side's findings, one must question the value of the argument.

Patrick O'Neil said...

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Doug, I'll admit the site is biased - it's a pro-life site.

My only observation is that there seems to be conflicting evidence on the 'alleged' link. I would expect people charged with preventing cancer would want to make people aware of any potential risk.