Armenian Study: Induced Abortion Nearly Triples Breast Cancer Risk

The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer notes that an Armenian study-whose authors examined diabetes mellitus type 2, reproductive factors, and breast cancer-found a statistically significant association showing a 2.86-fold increased breast cancer risk from one induced abortion. [1] The study, led by Lilit Khachatryan, included researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the University of Pennsylvania.

Khachatryan’s team reported a statistically significant 13% increased breast cancer risk for every one year delay of a first full term pregnancy (FFTP), with delayed FFTPs until ages 21-30 or after age 30 resulting in 2.21-fold and 4.95-fold increased risks respectively, as opposed to women with FFTPs before age 20. (Abortion is often used to delay FFTPs.) Giving birth resulted in a 64% reduced risk.
 
Due to political correctness, the authors also inaccurately claimed, “Most evidence (of an abortion-breast cancer link)…points to no effect.” Professor Joel Brind (Baruch College, City University of New York) said that is “plainly false.” [2]
 
Fifty-one of 68 epidemiological studies since 1957 report an abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link (not counting biological and experimental evidence).
 
Khachatryan’s team cited only one (severely criticized) study, Melbye et al. 1997, to support their false claim of “no effect.” [3,4,5] Although Melbye’s team found no overall increased risk, they reported a statistically significant 89% increased risk for those having abortions after 18 weeks gestation…. (Source)

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