Breast Cancer Rates quadrupling for Women who lived through the Sexual Revolution

Posted by PITHOCRATES - October 20th, 2012

Week in Review

Breast cancer rates are rising for older women.  The question is why?  What are our older women doing today that is causing these higher rates?  Or is it something from their past.  Like the effects of heavy smoking catching up to them in their later years?  Health officials think it may just be their aging population causing this.  As people who live longer have more time to have diseases that they didn’t when people were dying in their fifties and sixties.  But breast cancer rates for these women are expected to quadruple.  Which makes one believe there may be something else besides an aging population causing this to happen (see Breast cancer cases in older women set to quadruple by Denis Campbell posted 10/15/2012 on the guardian).

The number of older women with breast cancer will almost quadruple by 2040, according to new research in the British Journal of Cancer.

Currently 340,000 of the 570,000 women of all ages in the UK with the disease are 65 or older. That is set to increase to 1.2 million out of a projected 1.68 million total number of women with the disease by 2040.

That represents a rise in the proportion of all breast cancers among older women from 59% now to 73% then…

“The NHS needs to ensure that every older woman with breast cancer gets the best possible care,” added Devane. “Too many cancer doctors are making assumptions based on age, which often results in older women receiving inadequate care for their breast cancer,” he said.

Women who are 65 today were in their twenties between 1967 and 1977.  A decade of great social change.  Including, of course, the use of birth control and abortion.  Giving us the sexual revolution.  Marking a shift in when women started their families.  Because of birth control and abortion women delayed starting their families.  Could this play any factor in the rise of breast cancer rates?  Some think so.  While some vehemently reject this.  There are studies showing a link.  Studies that some say are flawed.  Unfortunately, abortion is a very politicized issue.  Unlike other health-related issues.  For example, when one study showed that drinking coffee may cause cancer the media reported it widely and some people gave up their coffee.  Then when another study showed that it didn’t people resumed their coffee drinking habits.  But when it comes to a link between abortion and breast cancer politics come first.  And the pro-life people seem to be the only ones talking about it.  While the pro-choice people denounce those studies as being flawed.

But one thing that can’t be denied is that there is a rise in breast cancer rates that haven’t been explained yet by any other cause or factor.  Whereas lung cancer rates have declined by a corresponding decline in smoking.  While they have found no such corollary to explain the rise in breast cancer rates.  Not smoking.  Not diet.  No food preservative or pharmaceutical side effect.  At least, not yet.  But because breast tissue changes after conception and abortion interrupts that change, or simple delays in pregnancy (without ever having an abortion) delays those changes in breast tissue, there is a lot of circumstantial evidence to support a link between abortion and breast cancer.  And between delays in the change of breast tissue to produce milk and breast cancer (see Abortion ‘triples breast cancer risk’: Fourth study finds terminations linked to disease by Simon Caldwell posted 6/23/2010 on the Daily Mail).

An abortion can triple a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer in later life, researchers say.

A team of scientists made the claim while carrying out research into how breastfeeding can protect women from developing the killer disease.

While concluding that breastfeeding offered significant protection from cancer, they also noted that the highest reported risk factor in developing the disease was abortion.

Other factors included the onset of the menopause and smoking.

The findings, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, are the latest research to show a link between abortion and breast cancer…

But Cancer Research UK questioned the accuracy of the figures and said women should not be unduly worried.

Dr Kat Arney, the charity’s science information manager, said: ‘This is a very small study of only 300 women, so there are likely to be statistical errors in a sample of this size…

Although the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has acknowledged the possibility of an abortion-breast cancer link, most medical professionals in Britain remain unconvinced…

Those who believe there is a link say breast cancer is caused by high levels of oestradiol, a hormone that stimulates breast growth during pregnancy.

Its effects are minimised in women who take pregnancy to full term but it remains at dangerous levels in those who have abortions.

There has been an 80 per cent increase in the rate of breast cancer since 1971, when in the wake of the Abortion Act, the number of abortions rose from 18,000 to nearly 200,000 a year.

At the least women who have had an abortion, who used birth control to delay pregnancy or who used formula instead of breast feeding should increase their breast cancer screenings.  Even if they politically object to the findings of these reports.  If detected early enough survival rates are far greater.  So just as people who smoke should start having stress tests earlier to detect heart disease so should women who may be at higher risk of breast cancer have earlier and more frequent screenings than women who did not have an abortion, did not delay their pregnancies or breast fed their babies.

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