Can an abortion increase the risk of breast cancer?

No. Early retrospective studies gave conflicting results regarding the potential link between abortions and breast cancer. Over the past decade, more accurate prospective studies have failed to show any link between breast cancer and women who had abortions, either spontaneous or induced.
Unlikely. I agree with the previous author that there is debate; however many of the studies that show an association are small groups of people and therefore can't show proof of cause of breast cancer. Prevention of pregnancy is better than an abortion for many reasons -- cost and risk being one of them. However, if you have had an abortion, get a breast exam regularly *like everyone should!*.

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Do abortions really increase your risk of breast cancer?

Not likely. I don't think there is evidence that abortion is a risk factor for breast cancer. Pregnancy in general is a factor that reduces the risk of breast cancer. Read more...

I've recently heard on the news that The College of Pediatrics says abortions increase risk of breast cancer. Is this to be true or a myth?

Abortion and cancer. http://m.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/moreinformation/is-abortion-linked-to-breast-cancer. Check out this reputable source for a complete answer! There appears to be no strong or consistent scientific evidence that abortions cause breast cancer. The College of Pediatrics upholds traditional Christian values and is likely opposed to abortion to begin with. . Read more...
No evidence to suppo. There is no evidence to support that aborthion increases the risk of breast cancer. Read more...

Why does having an abortion so greatly increase the chance of getting breast cancer?

It doesn't. Early retrospective studies suggested a link that has not been supported by more rigorous prospective studies. This is likely due to a retrospective bias, where women with cancer were probably more likely to be truthful with their medical histories than unaffected people, especially about as sensitive of a topic as abortion. Read more...
It doesn't! . This is a myth that has been perpetuated for political reasons. It is not true. World experts have studied this question and they all agree: there is no increased risk of breast cancer in women who have had an induced or spontaneous abortion. To read more, check out this link: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/causes/ere/workshop-report. Read more...
It does not. I give myself out to be pro-life and am embarrassed that this is still being put forward despite its being discredited scientifically. In some old studies, women with breast cancer were told that the cause was often having had an abortion and they were urged to confess having undergone the procedure. You can see why this study got an association. The best recent work shows little or no effect. Read more...

Just had an an abortion and I heard one is at risk of breast cancer due to this. Please how do I know?

Not necessarily true. While it is protective for women to have full term births, particularly at a young age, having an abortion does not necessarily increase the risk of breast cancer. It also may depend on what method of abortion was used. Interruption of menstruation overall by carrying babies to full term is what seems to decrease the risk due to decreased estrogen during pregnancy. Read more...

Could abortion cause breast cancer?

No. There is no evidence that abortion causes breast cancer. It is thought that woman who have their first child before age 20 have a slightly lower risk of some kinds of breast cancer than those who deliver their first child when they are over 30. However, this is definitely not a reason to complete an unwanted pregnancy or encourage teen pregnancies. Read more...
No. This has been examined very intensively by multiple different scientific groups, and there's a kevel of unanimity rare in science that it does not. The claimed link is kept alive by politicians. If you are considering ending your pregnancy for convenience, I hope you will look at all your options, including bringing the child to term for placement in a good, loving home. It is your choice. Read more...

Could there be a connection between abortion & breast cancer?

No. Early retrospective studies gave conflicting results regarding the potential link between abortions and breast cancer. Over the past decade, more accurate prospective studies have failed to show any link between breast cancer and women who had abortions, either spontaneous or induced. Read more...

Could there be a connection between breast cancer and abortion?

No. But there is a connection with number of pregnancies, ( more is protective) age of the woman, hormone therapy, alcohol, smoking, family history (genetic factors) etc. Etc. Are few among the many other risk factors. Statistically according to some 1 in 7 women will come down with the condition, thus early dg is imperative! Read more...

These days what's the thought about the link between breast cancer and abortion?

No relationship. All the studies so far indicated no correlation between abortion (induced or spontaneous) and breast cancer - or any other cancer. Read more...