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Studies on the Abortion-Breast Cancer Link

Research Synthesis: Induced Abortion and Breast Cancer

No. Year Reference OR or RR (95% CI) Statistically Significant Positive or Negative Correlation Country or Population
1 1957 M. Segi, I. Fukushima, S. Fujisaku, M. Kurihara, S. Saito, K. Asano, and M. Kamoi, “An Epidemiological Study on Cancer in Japan,” Japanese Journal of Cancer Research (GANN) 48 (Suppl.) (1957): 1-63. 2.63 (1.85-3.75)* Yes Positive Japan
2 1968 H. Watanabe and T. Hirayama, “Epidemiology and Clinical Aspects of Breast Cancer,” Nippon Rinsho 26 (1968): 1843-1849 (in Japanese). 1.51 (0.91-2.53)* No Positive Japan
3 1978 V.V. Dvoirin and A.B. Medvedev, “Role of Women’s Reproductive Status in the Development of Breast Cancer,” in Methods and Progress in Breast Cancer Epidemiology Research, by Tallin (Moscow: Oncology Science Center of the USSR Academy of Sciences, 1978), 53-63 (in Russian). 1.71 (0.80-3.64)* No Positive USSR/ Estonia
4 1979 B. Burany, “Gestational characteristics in women with breast cancer,” Jugosil Ginekol Opstet 19 (1979):237-247 (in Serbo-Croatian). 0.50 (0.33-0.74)* Yes Negative Yugoslavia
5 1981 M.C. Pike, B.E. Henderson, J.T. Casagrande, I. Rosario, and G.E. Gray, “Oral Contraceptive Use and Early Abortion as Risk Factors for Breast Cancer in Young Women,” British Journal of Cancer 43, no. 1 (1981): 72-76. 2.37 (0.85-6.93)* No Positive United States