Rebecca Johnson was 27 years old and had just graduated from medical school when she got the diagnosis: breast cancer. She thought she was a rare case, but then a few of her friends got it too. So did some friends of friends.
Was it all just a coincidence, or was breast cancer becoming more common in younger women?
“I really wondered,” said Johnson, now 44 and the director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology program at Seattle Children’s Hospital. So she examined decades’ worth of data from the National Cancer Institute and made a disturbing find: Cases of younger women with advanced breast cancer have increased about 2% each year since the mid-1970s and show no signs of abating.
The results, published in Wednesday’s edition of the Journal of the American Medical Assn., confirmed the suspicions of many oncologists who had noticed an uptick in patients younger than 40 with cancer that had spread to the bones, brain or lungs.
In 1976, 1.53 out of every 100,000 American women 25 to 39 years old was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, the study found. By 2009, the rate had almost doubled to 2.9 per 100,000 women in that age group — a difference too large to be a chance result.
“Most studies have failed to show an absolute increase,” said Dr. Benjamin Paz, a City of Hope Cancer Center surgeon who was not involved in the study. “Now, looking at a longer period of time, this study shows there’s clearly been an increase. It’s the first to do so.”
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One most often overlooked breast cancer link is contraceptives. A possible cause not mentioned in the article is the increased number of abortions, a warning that many in the pro-life movement have been alluding to for years. Number of breast cancer increases with increased number of abortions.
If you understand the effects of abortion on your body, you will understand why this study is of no surprise to me. An article by Dr. Gerard Nadal published over two years ago explains it in easy to understand language.
I bet that you can probably guess the age group of women that have the most abortions. According the the Guttmacher Institute, “More than half of American women obtaining abortions are in their 20s. Women aged 20–24 have the highest abortion rate of any age-group.” Given this information, it’s no wonder that breast cancer is on the rise in women 25-39.
Abortion Hurts Women! This is just another good example.