Abortion And Abortion Essay

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This scholarly peer-reviewed article by medical doctor Jane Anderson contains easily understandable information about the abortion-breast cancer link. The introduction of the article succinctly states that induced abortion (IA) prior to 32 weeks of gestation seems to increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. Anderson then adds that the association between abortion and breast cancer is largely ignored by the mainstream medical community and even disputed by some. She then includes a quote by the Guttmacher institute that claims that exhaustive reviews by panels convened by both the U.S. government and British government have stated that there is no association between abortion and breast cancer. However, Anderson points out that…show more content…
The good news is that if a woman has completed at least 32 weeks of pregnancy she will have fewer of the immature lobules and more of the cancer resistant lobules. Anderson then explains the differences between spontaneous abortions (miscarriages) and induced abortions. One important fact is that estrogen levels are not as increased and the breasts have not developed as much in miscarriages, because most happen within the first trimester. Anderson also adds that women who become pregnant later in life are at a higher risk for breast cancer because their Type 1 and Type 2 lobules have been exposed to estrogen longer and have not differentiated.
Anderson then goes on to talk about the timing of abortion relative to childbirth, and explains that someone who has had a full term pregnancy prior to an abortion does not greatly increase her risk of developing breast cancer, since she has mature Type 3 and 4 lobules. The article moves on and briefly mentions the potential risk factors between IA and premature deliveries, and then explains the dose-effect between abortion and breast cancer. It is important to note that for every IA a woman has, she increases her risk of breast cancer because her immature lobules continue to multiply as they are exposed to estrogen. Anderson then notes that a 2013 meta-analysis of 36 studies revealed a significant increase in the risk of developing breast cancer, 1.44 (44 percent) increase

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