By Brent Rooney, Reduce Preterm Risk Coalition
Two (2) recent studies (from 2012 and 2015) report that Mexican women with a history of abortion have more than triple the risk of breast cancer. The 2012 study1 reported 3.62 times the breast cancer risk and the 2015 study2 reported 3.69 times the breast cancer risk.
Donald Trump has committed to having the US federal government not pay for any abortions, if he is elected President. Hillary Clinton wants the US government to pay for even more abortions than it does now. No federal government funding of abortions means fewer women (including Latina women) experiencing breast cancer. Even the American Cancer Society (ACS) concedes that “Having a first child after the age of 30” is a risk factor for breast cancer, a risk conceded in a 2016 ACS book.3 One effective way for a childless woman under age 30 to increase her chances of a first birth after age 30 is to have abortions of all her pregnancies before age 29. This so logical and simple that the American Cancer Society does not dare to address this particular breast cancer risk. Put another way: “Rocking-Chair Rookie Moms Get Rooked via Higher Breast Cancer Risk.”
Women in Mexico have less breast cancer risk, on average, than US women. Why? Mexican women, on average, have a first baby at a younger age than most US women and they average having more babies than US women. If a Mexican woman immigrates to the US, she will likely maintain her breast cancer advantage, especially, if she already had a first baby under age 25. However, the immigrant woman's daughters and granddaughters, as they adapt to US ways, will likely have higher breast cancer risk than their mother/grandmother, who was born in Mexico.
The bottom line is that there will be no federal government abortion funding if Trump is the next US President. No federal funding equals fewer abortions, which equals less breast cancer. Are you pro-life or pro-cancer?
- Marcias-Gomez NM, Peralta-Leal V, Mezo-Espinoza JP, et al., Polymorphisms of the XRCC1 gene and breast cancer risk in the Mexican population. Familial Cancer February 2015 ↩
- Calderon-Garciduenas AL, et al., Mammographic Breast Density Patterns in Asymptomatic Mexican Women. Radiology Research Practice. 2012 ↩
- Breast Cancer Clear & Simple: All Your Questions Answered (American Cancer Society, 2016) ↩