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Abortion-cancer link is rejected. (Biomedicine).

A report stemming from a workshop sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI See Liberate. ) in Bethesda Bethesda, city, United States
Bethesda, uninc. city (1990 pop. 62,936), Montgomery co., W central Md., an affluent residential and commercial suburb of Washington, D.C. The area was settled in the late 17th cent.
, Md., concludes that abortions don't increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. This controversial issue was reviewed in late February during a meeting of clinicians, epidemiologists, and basic scientists who study how early reproductive re·pro·duc·tive
1. Of or relating to reproduction.

2. Tending to reproduce.


subserving or pertaining to reproduction.
 events influence breast cancer risk. There's a large body of evidence, for example, that young women have a reduced breast cancer risk if they've had a baby.

The workshop was organized after members of Congress last summer inquired into the validity of an NCI fact sheet stating that abortions don't increase a woman's breast cancer risk. Several studies have suggested such a connection, but subsequent larger studies have not (SN: 1/11/97, p. 20). NCI responded to the inquiry by withdrawing its fact sheet and convening con·vene  
v. con·vened, con·ven·ing, con·venes

To come together usually for an official or public purpose; assemble formally.
 the meeting.

Workshop participants reviewed published research and, in a closed-door session, listened to presentations on unpublished data from additional studies. "There is strong evidence that there is no association between induced abortions in·duced abortion
Abortion caused intentionally by the administration of drugs or by mechanical means.

induced abortion 
 and breast cancer risk," says Daniel Medina of Baylor College of Medicine Baylor College of Medicine is a private medical school located in Houston, Texas, USA on the grounds of the Texas Medical Center. It has been consistently rated the top medical school in Texas and among the best in the United States.  in Houston, who summarized the workshop's conclusions.

The investigators also agreed that there's compelling evidence that full-term pregnancies do have a protective effect in young women and called for more research in that area. The workshop findings have been presented to NCI, which will consider re-releasing the fact sheet.--J.T.
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Date:Mar 15, 2003
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