Researchers in Iran have found that women who have an abortion face a 193% increased risk of breast cancer. On the other hand, women who carry a pregnancy to term find a lowered breast cancer risk compared with women who have never been pregnant. The study follows on the heels of new reports indicating Komen for the Cure gave $7.5 million to Planned Parenthood in 2009.
The researchers discovered abortion significantly elevated breast cancer risks. Also, having a first pregnancy at an older age increases the breast cancer risk by 310 percent — which has implications for women who have relied on birth control and delayed a first pregnancy until later in life.
The Iranian scientists also confirmed what other studies have found, namely that increasing parity or the number of births reduces the breast cancer risk significantly.