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Legal abortions best predictor of cancer trends, says British Journal of Cancer

Using data from British abortion and breast cancer registries, Patrick Carroll, director of the London-based Pension and Population Research Institute, reported results indicating that mulliparous abortions are “highly carcinogenic.”

Both incidence and mortality of breast cancer are higher in more affluent socioeconomic groups, the reverse of the usual situation. Abortions before the first full-term pregnancy are also more frequent in upper-class women.

A simple additive probability model has been developed to predict the further increases to be expected in post menopausal breast cancer incidence in future year,s using cumulated cohort fertility and abortion rates as explanatory variables.

Graphs can be accessed at: www.abortionbreastcancer.com/BritishCancerResearchMeeting/index.htm.

See British Journal of Cancer, vol. 91 Supplement 1, July 2004, p S24.

Additional information:

The Abortion-Breast Cancer Link: How Politics Trumped Science and Informed Consent by Karen Malec, J Am Phys Surg, Summer, 2003

Informed consent for abortion, AAPS News, August 2002, p. 3

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