A recent letter from Carol Suhr related there is scientific research showing abortion is a factor causing breast cancer. I do not know where this information is coming from, but it is the second time I have heard someone say this, and I haven't been able to locate a creditable source.
The National Cancer Institute has reviewed research on this issue dating back to the 1950s and has concluded that there is no association between induced and spontaneous abortions and breast cancer risk. I see no reason for the American Cancer Society to withhold information regarding any risk of cancer, and I would be interested in hearing why anyone else would think so.
Research does support that the risk of breast cancer decreases with the age of the mother at her first pregnancy, and the risk also is lessened if a woman has more than one child and nurses her children for over a year. All of this information is available at http://cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/abortion-miscarriage.
In regard to disclosing information regarding medical risk factors, perhaps we should be more concerned that many young women become pregnant and continue their pregnancies without knowing all the health risks, such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and depression, that are associated with pregnancy. Perhaps more of this information should be included in sex education classes, and perhaps physicians should be required to tell all women of child-bearing age of these significant health risks.
Elaine Bohlmeyer, Payson