Evidence linking abortion to breast cancer

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The following is a review of the peer-reviewed literature on the subject of abortion and breast cancer:

List of studies showing that abortion increases the risk of breast cancer[edit]

  1. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, October 1996, 50, 481-96

List of studies showing no link between abortion and breast cancer[edit]

  1. Open access journal article British Journal of Cancer 1982, 45, 327-31
  2. American Journal of Epidemiology 1983, 117, 35-45
  3. American Journal of Epidemiology 1987, 126, 831-41
  4. American Journal of Epidemiology 1988, 127, 981-9
  5. Open access journal article British Medical Journal 1989, 299, 1430-2
  6. Open access journal article British Journal of Cancer 1990, 62, 122-6
  7. International Journal of Cancer 1991, 48, 816-20
  8. International Journal of Cancer 1993, 53, 215-9
  9. Cancer Causes & Control 1995, 6, 75-82
  10. Open access journal article International Journal of Cancer 1996, 65, 401-5
  11. Open access journal article New England Journal of Medicine 1997, 336, 81
  12. Cancer Causes & Control 1997, 8, 93-108
  13. Cancer Causes & Control 1997, 8, 841-9
  14. Open access journal article International Journal of Cancer 1998, 76, 182-8
  15. European Journal of Cancer 1999, 35, 1361-7
  16. Open access journal article American Journal of Public Health 1999, 89, 1244-7
  17. Open access journal article British Journal of Cancer 1999, 79, 1923-8
  18. Open access journal article Epidemiology 2000, 11, 177-80
  19. Cancer Causes & Control 2000, 11, 777-81
  20. Open access journal article Epidemiology 2000, 11, 76-80
  21. Open access journal article International Journal of Cancer 2001, 92, 899-905
  22. Open access journal article Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention 2003, 12, 209-14
  23. Lancet 2004, 363, 1007–16
  24. Open access journal article Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2005, 59, 283-7

List of studies showing that abortion decreases the risk of breast cancer[edit]

  1. Beral V, Bull D, Doll R, Peto R, Reeves G (2004). "Breast cancer and abortion: collaborative reanalysis of data from 53 epidemiological studies, including 83?000 women with breast cancer from 16 countries". Lancet 363 (9414): 1007–16. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(04)15835-2. PMID 15051280.
  2. Brewster DH, Stockton DL, Dobbie R, Bull D, Beral V (2005). "Risk of breast cancer after miscarriage or induced abortion: a Scottish record linkage case-control study". Journal of epidemiology and community health 59 (4): 283–7. doi:10.1136/jech.2004.026393. PMC 1733063. PMID 15767381.
  3. Harris BM, Eklund G, Meirik O, Rutqvist LE, Wiklund K (1989). "Risk of cancer of the breast after legal abortion during first trimester: a Swedish register study". BMJ 299 (6713): 1430–2. doi:10.1136/bmj.299.6713.1430. PMC 1838310. PMID 2514825.
  4. Tumori. 2013 Jul-Aug;99(4):452-7. doi: 10.1700/1361.15093. Abortion and breast cancer: case-control study. Ilic M, Vlajinac H, Marinkovic J, Sipetic-Grujicic S.

See also[edit]

Abortion articles on RationalWiki
Abortion - Fetus/Fœtus - Gonzales v. Carhart - Nuremberg Files - Pro-life - Pro-choice - Roe v. Wade - Schlafly, breast cancer and abortion - The Silent Scream - Barnett Slepian