March 29, 2000
volume 11, no. 63

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Dr. Frank Joseph's Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!        


    We've enlisted Frank Joseph, MD, a committed retired Catholic physician from Southern California to write a special pro-life column for the DailyCATHOLIC which will appear each Wednesday exulting the Catholic beliefs on creation and procreation in upholding the Sanctity of Life.

    For past columns by Frank Joseph, MD, click on Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL! Archives
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The Abortion/Breast Cancer Link is America's Best Kept Secret part one

        Do women who have their unborn baby killed, sign their own death warrant? Is it worth it? Besides the devastating emotional and mental problems that ensue after such a horrible act, which will torment women the rest of their lives, there looms an even bigger threat to the health of women -- BREAST CANCER.

        We have been warned by the Biblical passage that, "Man reaps what he sows." Being a physician and having heard talk among the various factions of a possible link between abortions and breast cancer, I decided to investigate this very serious matter. Here are my findings:

        Breast cancer has risen dramatically in America by 50% since 1973 (Roe vs Wade) and is also increasing worldwide. Recent studies, have pointed out a dramatic relationship between the rate of abortion and the rising incidence of breast cancer. In fact, as the rate of abortion rises in America, so does the rate of breast cancer, with those women who have aborted having significantly higher rates.

        Of the 1.4 million abortions done, yearly, in the United States (95% for convenience sake) and accounting for the increased risk posed by abortion, researchers estimate that the 800,000 first-time abortions performed annually would thus generate roughly 25,000 excess cases of breast cancer each year, as the first group of women exposed to legal abortion advances in age. Given the margin of error, the researchers predicted that excess cases of breast cancer would be between 9,000 and 40,000 per year, due to the impact of induced abortion.

        The American Cancer Society (ACS) reports that one of every nine women in the United States will develop breast cancer by age 85. However, in spite of overwhelming evidence, the ACS refuses to list induced abortions as a breast cancer risk. They say that the link is inconclusive, but it is NOT. The evidence is overwhelming. They will report other risk factors such family history, weight, and diet. But the most closely guarded secret is the connection between abortion and breast cancer. This is not good news for women, who are still actively being kept in the dark by the very agencies who should warn them about avoidable cancer risks.

        Yet, we are told by the ACS that smoking is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer, even though that direct link has not been found. Smoking affects overall health and increases the risk for many other cancers. In the ABC risk, the direct link has been found. They, as well as TV and newspapers tell us that certain foods may increase the risk of cancer. Products have been pulled from the shelves on much less evidence. NONE of these come close to the abortion risk of breast cancer. The abortion link affects the breast cells directly, as you will see later.

        Naturally, the pro-abortion groups agree, or is it that the ACS agrees with the abortion groups. Sometimes it's difficult to know, which group is running the show.

        Ours is truly "THE CULTURE OF DEATH." Not only do we kill 1.4 million unborn babies a year, but now we're withholding vital information that's causing the death of thousands of women a year.

        Without question, every woman should be told of this risk before getting an abortion, even if the risk is only slight, which this is NOT. After all, it's been ingrained in all of us by the abortion advocates that a woman should have a free choice in deciding if she wants to have her unborn baby killed. How about having a free choice to get all the facts.

        And why, also, is the media silent on this issue and where are their investigative reporters? And why doesn't NOW and other feminist groups expose this risk? Isn't the sole purpose of their existence, to help women, or are they just a front for political agendas. It appears that they would let thousands of woman die every year, than do anything that might harm the abortion industry. I can think of no other reason.

        To sacrifice the lives of thousands of women, yearly, just to make sure that the multimillion dollar abortion industry flourishes is sad and shows the depth of depravity of our country.

        Women will have their unborn babies killed to make their lives easier, but it's another thing to kill yourself, so their self indulgence would cease, if there is a possibility that their own life is threatened. So it should surprise no one, that the abortion mills will not tell women of this risk prior to an abortion. They are working overtime to keep the truth from the public. And now it seems, that they have the ACS in their hip pocket.

        The other risks, though not nearly as great as the abortion link, are exposed because they are not political. They will not affect the abortion industry or the current administration's connection to all things that desanctify human life. This is sad -- to expose women to this kind of danger, when it could be easily avoided.

        If a group of people, who have proven they have no regard for the sanctity of life, by accepting the proposition that a woman should have the choice to kill her unborn baby, then don't be surprised when they turn a deaf ear to studies that will save other lives.

        Isn't the killing of 1.4 million unborn babies a year enough for these people? How do they sleep at night? They act as if there is no God. And even if they didn't believe in God and the Holy Scriptures, one would think that just out of common decency -- they would want this risk exposed.

        But don't take my word for it, or the words of those who have established the link. You don't have to be an expert in the field to understand it. You be the judge -- it's not that complicated.

        But first, here are the basics: It is estrogen, which is produced in the ovaries, that transforms a young girl into a woman. When pregnancy occurs, there is a SURGE of this hormone causing the breast cells to proliferate dramatically in the first trimester, in order to lay the foundation for the production of milk. These young growing cells are more prone to develop cancer. In the second half of pregnancy, the estrogen levels RECEDE under the influence of such hormones as human placental lactogen. The immature cells, then grow and differentiate rapidly into mature, specialized milk producing tissue. Once specialization has occurred, the cells are less likely to turn cancerous.

        When the pregnancy is terminated by an induced abortion, these young growing cells (known as undifferentiated cells), and having undergone drastic changes are now in LIMBO. They are no longer normal breast cells, nor are they capable of producing milk.

        In plain English, these insulted cells (traumatized) have been hung out to dry. They are between a rock and a hard place. Scientists have known for years that any cell in the human body that has been traumatized, whether by chemicals, radiation, micro-trauma, or any other reason would be especially vulnerable to cancer.

        One must then surmise that what has been instilled in physicians heads from time immemorial, regarding the vulnerability of abnormal cells, is no longer valid. To suit their political agenda, they would have you believe that an abnormal cell is NO more prone to becoming cancerous than a normal cell. This defies all scientific knowledge, as well as common sense and shows the depths they will go, to keep the abortion industry flourishing. Human life means nothing to them, whether it be the killing of unborn babies, or women who may die from cancer after they kill their unborn babies.

        It has also been long known that a pregnancy carried to term protects against breast cancer. However, if a woman has an induced abortion, this protection is terminated. The reason is because the proliferation of the undifferentiated, cancer-vulnerable cells, by the estrogen secreted early in the pregnancy, no longer has the protection that comes from hormones released later in pregnancy, since the pregnancy has been aborted.

        The estrogen/breast cancer risk has been known by doctors for many years, thus their reluctance to prescribe estrogen for menopausal women, especially those with any family history of breast cancer. Manufacturers of oral contraceptives alert the public as to the possible link between their product and breast cancer. The induced abortion risk is greater than the relative risk associated with oral contraceptives.

        Women, who start their periods early and go through menopause late are exposed to more estrogen, because they have more periods. And women who have fewer or no children, are exposed to more surges of estrogen that come with more menstrual cycles. Women who breast feed their babies, also have fewer menstrual cycles, thereby lowering their risk.

        Alcohol and foods high in animal fat can increase the blood estrogen level and thus increase the breast cancer risk. Leafy vegetables tend to help a woman, to rid her system of estrogen. As you can see, the estrogen factor is not just in the area of reproduction. We are warned of these risks by the top medical journals and the media.

    Dr. Frank

    Next Wednesday: Part Two


March 29, 2000
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