New analysis about induced abortion and breast cancer has found a possible causal relationship between the two — one that many medical experts and researchers have denied for decades.
But while leading experts have maintained that there is no relationship between abortion and breast cancer, Dr. Joel Brind, a biology professor at New York City’s Baruch College, told TheBlaze that he believes the new data is compelling and mirrors past research he has done on the same subject.
The new meta-analysis, or comparison of numerous research studies, was conducted by Chinese experts and published in Cancer Causes & Control, a peer-reviewed medical journal. It found that induced abortion is “significantly associated with an increased risk of breast cancer among Chinese females.”
“[T]he risk of breast cancer increases as the number of [induced abortion] increases,” the study’s conclusion stated. “If [induced abortion] were to be confirmed as a risk factor for breast cancer, high rates of [induced abortion] in China may contribute to increasing breast cancer rates.”
After looking at 36 studies on the abortion and breast cancer link in China, the meta-analysis, which included research conducted through December 2012, found, as Brind noted in an op-ed analyzing the data at LifeNews.com, that “the overall risk of developing breast cancer among women who had at least one induced abortion was significantly increased by 44 percent.”
The study also found that two abortions or more would put women at a 76 percent increased risk for breast cancer, with three or more abortions putting them at a 89 percent increased risk.
Brind has been at the center of the abortion-breast cancer link debate since 1996, when he joined colleagues from Penn State Medical Center in publishing his own review of the issue in the British Medical Association’s epidemiology journal.
That study found a 30 percent increased risk of breast cancer in analyzing studies conducted around the world. Despite these results, leading cancer groups cite other research studies and deny that there is a connection.
Brind told TheBlaze that abortion advocates and even the National Cancer Institute, a government body that studies the disease, have dismissed any link between abortion and breast cancer. He believes that these activists and cancer researchers ignore the potential link in an effort to protect abortion access.
“The agenda — the mainstream agenda — is to promote quote, ‘safe abortion,’” Bring said, noting that he was pleasantly surprised that Cancer Causes & Control published the most recent research. “Anything that goes against that is oppressed.”
Brind said that there is a “population control mentality” — one that holds that there are too many people in the world and that growth needs to be limited.
“The real irony … is that you find the truth coming out in studies that are published in wonderful bastions of free speech like Iran and China … and politically correct garbage coming out of National Cancer Institute,” he said with sarcasm. “If that’s not enough to make people wonder if our country is being lost or not, what will?”
The National Cancer Institute states that “the evidence overall still does not support early termination of pregnancy as a cause of breast cancer.” Based on extensive research on the subject and expert opinion, the government body does not believe that a link can currently be proven.
But Brind disagrees, and has spent much of his professional career exploring the subject.
He told TheBlaze that his interest in the abortion breast cancer link originated from his personal anti-abortion views and his interest in “finding out the truth about life and how it works.” Brind was careful to note that he believes all medical research is — or should be — aimed at protecting and extending human life.
“I am not fixated on life before birth. I believe that all of medical research is a pro-life,” Brind added.
He lamented the fact that he believes the truth is being shielded from the public — and said that women’s lives are at stake.
Brind believes that revelations of a possible connection between abortion and breast cancer would lead some women to avoid the procedure and to, thus, avoid a greater risk of disease.
“If just a handful of women would find out and be saved from breast cancer, then it’s worth it,” he said.
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