Snopes on abortion and breast cancer: dated, unscientific disservice to women

Cradle My Heart Radio welcomes Dr. Joel Brind on the Abortion Breast Cancer link

2-12-17 UPDATE: The Breast Cancer Prevention Institute’ Fact Sheet – Epidemiologic Studies: Induced Abortion and the Breast Cancer Link
Updated November 2013 linked here.

Dr. Joel Brind

Dr. Joel Brind posted a story on Feb. 3, 2017 stating that reports of studies proving a link between abortion and breast cancer are FALSE.

Snopes began in the 1990’s as a tracker for sources of urban legends and rumors, and later expanded as a fact-checker for all sorts of news and information. However, in the last few years the credibility of the organization came into question around charges of biased coverage and a general lack of integrity (see herehere and here).

But some people still trust their reports–Facebook named Snopes one of several fact-checkers to flag fake news late last year.

But Snopes has doubled down on a public health story that could impact millions of women both here and abroad. And it’s time to ask why? Why push a narrative that something open to honest scientific dispute is FALSE, and why now? The report doesn’t cite any new evidence or anyone stating that “studies prove” a link.

Dr. Brind is not shy about holding an unpopular opinion as a scientist. However, he was neither interviewed nor given a chance to present updated information to snopes supporting the ABC link. Apparently snopes doesn’t google background. Stories about research causally linking abortion and breast cancer are not hard to find. For example, an NCBI 2014 study on the breast cancer epidemic clearly and directly links induced abortion IA and breast cancer:

Consequently, there is now sufficient evidence to conclude that IA is causally linked to breast cancer (Fact 9).

The NCBI study also gives a nod to Brind’s citations of compelling evidence coming from new studies in Asia showing breast cancer on the rise alongside widespread abortion in China and India. Also not hard to find online: a study by Louise Brinton who opposed Brind’s dissent on the ABC link at the National Cancer Institute reversing her opinion in 2009 stating:

In analyses of all 897 breast cancer cases (subtypes combined), the multivariate-adjusted odds ratios for examined risk factors were consistent with the effects observed in previous studies on younger women (Table 1 ). Specifically, older age, family history of breast cancer, earlier menarche age, induced abortion, and oral contraceptive use were associated with an increased risk for breast cancer.

2-12-17 CLARIFICATION: The information cited above was accessed at NCBI. The study was published by Linacre Quarterly. Here is the complete citation: Schneider AP, Zainer CM, Kubat CK, Mullen NK, Windisch AK. The breast cancer epidemic: 10 facts. The Linacre Quarterly. 2014;81(3):244-277. doi:10.1179/2050854914Y.0000000027., accessed 2-12-17.

So let’s fact check the fact-checkers at snopes.

Join us and our guest Joel Brind, Ph.D., professor of biology and endocrinology at Baruch College, City University of New York and co-founder of Breast Cancer Prevention Institute for background and his response to the snopes report.

Breast cancer researcher Eve Sanchez Silver also joins the discussion to talk about what women can do to protect and safeguard their health. Both Brind and Silver are featured in the Hush film which provides the evidence of the abortion breast cancer link and evidence of a deliberate coverup at the National Cancer Institute.

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