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Saturday, November 04, 2006

European Researchers find no link between abortion and breast cancer

China View- European researchers investigating a possible link between abortion and Breast cancer found no increased risk, according to a study published in the International Journal of Cancer.
"It is well established that pregnancies that end in a full-term birth ultimately confer a protective effect on breast cancer risk," Dr. Gillian K. Reeves, of the University of Oxford , UK, and colleagues write. "The effect of incomplete pregnancies on the risk of breast cancer has been less clear."
The researchers examined the role of abortion on breast cancer risk among 267,361 women enrolled in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition between 1992 and 2000. The data came from 20 centers across nine countries.
A total of 4,805 women were diagnosed with breast cancer during a follow-up that averaged 6.6 years. The researchers included all pregnancies that ended prior to 20 weeks or the stage of viability -- spontaneous abortions or miscarriages, and therapeutic or induced abortions.

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