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CHINA and INDIA: Increased breast cancer because of induced abortion

by Babette Francis

In a media release Brent Rooney, MSc., Research Director of the Reduce Preterm Risk Coalition, Canada, writes that "China's Breast Cancer Catastrophe towers over the Tiananmen Square slaughter: A quarter of a century ago in early June 1989 an estimated 500-2600 peaceful protesting Chinese students were gunned down by soldiers of China's army. Due to the government's efforts, many or most of China's current young generation know little to nothing about that tragic 'killing field' of 1989.

"There is a current ongoing tragedy affecting mostly middle-aged women in China that cannot be hidden: the escalating breast cancer rate in China. For the first 80 years of the 20th century, breast cancer cases were rare in China; this is no longer the situation.

"In November 2013 researchers in China, led by Dr. Yubei Huang, using data from 36 prior studies, reported that women in China with prior IAs (Induced Abortions) have significantly higher breast cancer risk compared to women with zero prior IAs; URL: 2013/12/Huang-2013.pdf.

"In this 'study of studies' women with at least one prior Induced Abortion boosted their breast cancer risk by 44%, at least 2 Induced Abortions raised risk by 76% and more than 2 Induced Abortions nearly doubled the breast cancer risk compared to women with zero previous abortions.

"But how many excess cases of breast cancer are yearly caused by prior induced abortions in China? I posed that question to the world's foremost Abortion-Breast Cancer expert, Joel Brind PhD (Professor of Biology & Endocrinology, Baruch College, City University of New York), in December 2013.

"Professor Brind's estimate: 'Rounding off the numbers, we get a range of around 30,000-80,000 breast cancer cases per year in China'.

"But how many dead women yearly in China from Abortion- Breast Cancer does this represent? If 20% of women with breast cancer die from it, that means 6,000-16,000 excess deaths yearly from the Abortion-Breast- Cancer risk in China. Over 10 years that will be 60,000-160,000 Abortion- Breast-Cancer deaths". Here is the comparison:

Tiananmen Square Deaths 500-2,600 (June 1989) Abortion-Breast-Cancer Deaths over 10 years 60,000- 160,000

"That is there are at least at least 23 times more deaths due to Abortion-Breast-Cancer in China than were killed in Tiananmen Square. But the ratio is actually much higher, since 60,000-160,000 is just a ten year Abortion-Breast- Cancer total. And China's breast cancer rate will keep rising for many years to come because Breast Cancer risk rises with age and China's abortion generation will be going from mostly middle-aged to the 'over age 60 years' category.

"Abortion-Breast Cancer is the Communist tragedy that can not be hidden"

There have been a number of studies from India and Bangladesh showing the increased risk of breast cancer caused by induced abortiom. The latest is in the World Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vol. 3, Issue 6, 2014, Abhishikta et al. It is particularly interesting because it shows the heightened risk caused by induced abortion in those women carrying a particular mutation of the BRCA1 gene. I am quoting part of the Abstract and discussion. The full paper is at 1401592037.pdf


"ABSTRACT BRCA1 mutations dramatically increase breast cancer risk, which is the commonest cause of female death globally including India. There is a substantial inter-individual variability in breast cancer risk among BRCA1 mutation carriers, which attracts attention of medical genetics. In the present study we have identified a novel mutation (cd.1437 CCT>CTT) in BRCA1 gene that changes the amino acid from Proline to Leucine. Certain lifestyle factors like oral contraceptive use and abortions are found to be highly associated with breast cancer risk among the carriers of germline mutation. This study is the first report from West Bengal among the Bengalee Hindu Caste Female Breast Cancer patients, which would help in early prognosis of the mutation and modification of lifestyle factors.

"Among the well established risk factors of breast cancer, prolonged oral contraceptive usage and abortions were significantly associated with the higher risks of breast cancer among the carriers of germline BRCA1 mutation in the present study. Furthermore, univariate analysis, however, demonstrated several variables, such as age at menarche, menopausal status, regularity of menstrual periods, parity, number of issues, and post menopausal therapy were found significantly associated with breast cancer., Several epidemiological studies have reported that induced or spontaneous abortions are risk factors for breast cancer in general population (Daling et al., 1994; Newcomb et al., 1996). Induced and spontaneous abortions increase the risk of developing breast cancer.

"In early pregnancy levels of estrogen increase, leading to breast growth in preparation for lactation. The hypothesis proposes that if this process is interrupted by an abortion before full maturity in the third trimester then more relatively vulnerable immature cells could be left than there were prior to the pregnancy, resulting in a greater potential risk of breast cancer over time”.

"DISCUSSION This is the first report of Breast cancer risk assessment among the BRCA1 mutation carriers among Bengalee females from West Bengal, India. The present study reports a novel variant in exon 13 of BRCA1 gene, which indicates that exon 13 is likely to play an important role in carcinogenesis of breast. As known, not all individuals with germline mutation in BRCA1 develop breast cancer during their lifetimes (risk being 10-15%), certain lifestyle variables, sociodemographic and reproductive factors modify the risk. The present study vindicated oral contraceptive use and abortions as significant predictors [of breast cancer] for females carrying the novel germline mutation. Since it is known that germ line mutations are non-modifiable risk factors, therefore modification of the lifestyle variables could reduce the risk of developing the disease during the lifetime. Therefore, the present study could be taken as one of early prognosis for the detection of the mutation and modification of the lifestyle factors among the Bengalee Hindu females of West Bengal, India."

This study by Abhishikta et al. confirms many previous studies that prolonged oral contraceptive use and induced abortions are risk factors for breast cancer. Our local abortion facilities do not bother to test their clients for the BRCAl gene. This is one more reason why doctors should not be coerced into referring for abortion by Victoria's Abortion Law Reform Act 2008. Knowing the family history of a patient, even a pro-choice doctor may consider that she would be at a particularly high risk of breast cancer were she to have an abortion. Abortionists do not bother to take detailed family histories. It is significant that the authors of this study on West Bengal women suggest that as genetic factors cannot be modified, there should be consideration given to modifying lifestyle factors: e.g. early age at first birth is protective, and abortion and oral contraceptives increase risk. Induced abortion is the single most avoidable risk factor in breast cancer prevention.

Karen Malec, President of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, comments: "The sheer magnitude of the approaching breast cancer epidemic in China and India alone is staggering. There are at least eight studies on the Indian subcontinent that have found an ABC link. Professor Joel Brind, co-founder of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute told me he found it 'troubling that the ABC link is now showing up big time in the world’s most populous countries where breast cancer used to be rare. That means millions of women will die from this deadly after effect of abortion. Between India and China, we're talking about over a billion women. If only l% of them get breast cancer due to abortion, that's l0 million women of whom at least 2 or 3 million will die. Supression of the ABC link is a crime against humanity.' "

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