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Nudge From Congress Prompts NCI Review

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Science  12 Jul 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5579, pp. 171
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5579.171a

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After receiving a complaint from Congress, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has removed a fact sheet from its Web site indicating that having an abortion does not appear to increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, pending a scientific review of the information it contained. The controversy concerns antiabortion politics and a murky issue in epidemiology.