Abortion 'Triples Breast Cancer Risk'; Fourth Study Finds Terminations Linked to Disease

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Abortion 'Triples Breast Cancer Risk'; Fourth Study Finds Terminations Linked to Disease


Byline: Simon Caldwell

AN ABORTION can triple a woman's risk of developing breast cancer in later life, researchers say.

A team of scientists made the claim while carrying out research into how breastfeeding can protect women from developing the killer disease.

While concluding that breastfeeding offered significant protection from cancer, they also noted that the highest reported risk factor in developing the disease was abortion.

Other factors included the onset of the menopause and smoking.

The findings, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, are the latest research to show a link between abortion and breast cancer.

The research was carried out by scientists at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka.

It is the fourth epidemiological study to report such a link in the past 14 months, with research in China, Turkey and the U.S. showing similar conclusions.

But Cancer Research UK questioned the accuracy of the figures and said women should not be unduly worried.

Dr Kat Arney, the charity's science information manager, said: 'This is a very small study of only 300 women, so there are likely to be statistical errors in a sample of this size.

'Much larger studies involving tens of thousands of women have shown no significant links.' But the findings prompted accusations that women in Britain are not being properly informed of the dangers of abortion.

Professor Jack Scarisbrick, the chairman of Life, a pregnancy counselling charity, said: 'This is devastating new evidence of the abortion-breast cancer link.

'We have encountered from the pro-abortion lobby manipulation of the evidence on a truly disgraceful scale. …

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