October 18, 2011 (HLIWorldWatch.org) – The fact that campaigns promoting Breast Cancer Awareness Month have largely ignored the connection between contraception and breast cancer is prompting one doctor to challenge other medical professionals to speak up about the pill’s risk to women.
“How many hundreds of thousands of Filipina mothers have died because of cancers, stroke, hypertension, and diabetes triggered by oral contraceptive use?” asked Dr. Rene Bullecer, the Philippines country director of Human Life International (HLI), in a recent interview with CBCP for Life.
“I am challenging all doctors, nurses and midwives in this country, particularly those working in the government or NGOs who vigorously promote these products in their day-to-day campaign, and I dare them to speak up for the truth … and expose the hidden agenda of the multi-billion peso pill manufacturers at the expense of the health and lives of Filipino women,” Dr. Bullecer said.
Dr. Bullecer, who practices medicine in the Philippines and is a pro-life activist, said he was “shocked” by the lack of information being transmitted about the link between oral contraceptives and breast cancer.
“I was viewing a local TV program several nights ago where the guests — [including obstetricians] — discussed the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, how to avoid breast cancer and the contributory factors on how women may be afflicted with breast cancer. I was shocked that they never mentioned the role of oral contraceptives in triggering breast cancer,” said Dr. Bullecer. “One of the doctor-panelists even denied the pill-cancer connection.”