Can­cer rates

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS/ -

(JC De­cem­ber 22), ques­tions why the in­ci­dence of breast can­cer varies so greatly.

Many stud­ies sug­gest that abor­tion can be a trig­ger fac­tor for breast can­cer and sta­tis­tics show that since 1970, as the num­ber of abor­tions have risen in Bri­tain, so has the in­ci­dence of breast can­cer. Re­search shows that women who ter­mi­nate a preg­nancy be­fore a first birth have a 50 per cent higher risk of breast can­cer than women who do not.

Pro­fes­sor Joel Brind, pro­fes­sor of bi­ol­ogy and en­docrinol­ogy at Baruch Col­lege of the City Univer­sity of New York, said in 1999: “A wo­man’s ex­po­sure to the hor­mones of early preg­nancy is so great that just one in­ter­rupted preg­nancy [through abor­tion] is enough to make a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence in her risk.”

Breast can­cer is only one of a num­ber of po­ten­tial risks of abor­tion but it is not in the in­ter­ests of the abor­tion in­dus­try to make this in­for­ma­tion avail­able. Abor­tion, though not un­sought, is pro­hib­ited in Jor­dan and Egypt. Could this ex­plain why they have lower rates of breast can­cer than Is­rael where abor­tion lev­els are so high? Edith Powney New­port, Isle of Wight

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