guess they didn't get the 'memo' from the U.S. National Cancer
Institute (NCI), which declared back in 2003 that the non-existence of
the ABC (abortion-breast cancer) link had been 'established'"! -
Professor Joel Brind, Breast Cancer Prevention Institute
A retrospective study conducted by Dr. Vahit Ozmen and his colleagues
at the Istanbul Medical Faculty and Magee-Women's hospital reported a
statistically significant 66% increase in breast cancer risk among
women who'd had any abortions.
According to Joel Brind, professor of endocrinology at Baruch College,
City University of New York and a director at the Breast Cancer
Prevention Institute, Ozmen's team most likely underestimated the
breast cancer risk associated with abortion because of a flaw known as
Selection bias would also explain their team's unusual findings -
significantly decreased risks for women who use oral contraceptives
(OCs) and hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The World Health
Organization and the NCI acknowledge that use of combined (estrogen +
progestin) OCs and combined HRT increase risk.
Selection bias is a flaw in the study because only hospital or clinic
patients were selected as study subjects, and they were therefore not
representative of the general population. According to Brind's
hypothesis, a disproportionate number of "modern" women were likely
represented among the controls, a group more likely to use HRT and OCs,
have abortions and visit the hospital often for minor complaints. By
contrast, a disproportionate number of "traditional" women were
represented among the patients; women less likely to use HRT and OCs,
have abortions and visit the hospital (except in cases of serious
illness, like breast cancer).
To their credit, Dr. Ozmen et al. did acknowledge the likelihood of
selection bias in their study, although they were not specific in
attributing any effects on their results to it.
analysis of Ozmen's research can be read here.
"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," declared Karen Malec,
president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer.
The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer is an international women's
organization founded to protect the health and save the lives of women
by educating and providing information on abortion as a risk factor for
1. Ozmen et al. Breast cancer risk factors in Turkish women - a
university hospital-based nested case control study. World J Surg Onc
2009;7:37. Available at: http://wjso.com/content/7/1/37.
Contact: Karen Malec
Source: Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer
Date: July 28, 2009
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