DJ Craig, team captain chair of the American Cancer Society (ACS) in Payson, claimed in his March 14 letter, to "set the record straight" about the earlier charge by Pine resident Carol Suhr that the ACS "refuses to tell women that abortion is a significant risk factor for breast cancer."
Craig has dutifully repeated the ACS talking points denying any abortion-breast cancer link (ABC link). To be charitable, I will assume that Craig simply does not know what he or she is talking about, and is not knowingly dishing out misinformation.
Craig reports about the National Cancer Institute (NCI) "panel of more than 100 of the world's leading experts," which allegedly "reviewed existing human and animal studies and concluded induced abortion is not associated with an increased risk for breast cancer." I write today as one of those invited "leading experts" and I report firsthand that the so-called NCI "workshop" was a sham.
In fact, there was no review of studies, and there was not even any presentation of evidence allowed by any scientist who gave credence to the ABC link.
While the NCI Web site makes note of a "minority dissenting comment" it does not say who authored this comprehensive minority report or where to get it. I authored it and it can be found on our Web site: http://www.bcpinstitute.org/nci_minority_rpt.htm
Perhaps the most telling aspect of the official denial of the ABC link is the undisputed fact that only full-term pregnancy lowers a woman's future risk of breast cancer. Hence, for women already pregnant, there is no denying that choosing abortion leaves her with a higher risk of future breast cancer than choosing not to have an abortion.
Denying any connection between abortion and breast cancer thus violates any and every reasonable standard for informed consent. Since abortion providers like Planned Parenthood routinely engage in such denials, seven states have mandated abortion-breast cancer warnings by law.
Sadly, by joining in the denial of the ABC link, the ACS is arguably contributing to causing more cancer than it prevents or cures.
Joel Brind, Ph.D.
President, Breast Cancer Prevention Institute
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601