Rising breast cancer rates caused by abortion, birth control pills, says experts

Rising breast cancer rates caused by abortion, birth control pills, says experts

Advanced breast cancer cases are increasing in young American women overall and almost twice as fast among African-American women, according to a recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. And some experts believe the use of hormonal contraceptive steroids and abortions have a lot to do with the trend.

The term advanced breast cancer refers to those cancers which, at the time of diagnosis, have usually already spread to other locations in the body, such as the bones, lungs and brain.

The study, authored by Rebecca H. Johnson, MD; Franklin L. Chien, BA, and Archie Bleyer, MD, was published last Wednesday and examined breast cancer data from the U.S. National Cancer Institute Surveillance, Epidemiology, an End Results (SEER) database.