Abortion might raise risk of Breast cancer: UK study

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London, Oct 8 (UNI) A new study has linked abortion and breast cancer predicting high chances of the disease among those who have had abortions before giving birth to their first child.

The new research supported the earlier study indicating that abortion raised the risk of breast cancer by as much as 30 per cent, Daily Mail reported.

The rising rate of abortions would result in a sharp increase in breast cancer cases, the study said, adding that the cases in England and Wales were expected to soar from 39,229 a year in 2004 to 65,252 in 2025.

Ruling Labour party MPs Claire Curtis-Thomas and Geraldine Smith intend to speak on the matter when Parliament debates the new Human Tissue and Embryos Bill.

Ms Smith termed that it was another example of the physical repercussions that women face.

The talks are on in Britain to further liberalise the 1967 abortion law by scrapping the need for two doctors to approve an abortion. Anti-abortion MPs hope to slash the upper limit for termination from 24 to 12 or 13 weeks.

Researchers 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 their pregnancy to full term but remain at dangerous levels in those who abort.

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