NCI Restores Abortion Facts

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Science  04 Apr 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5616, pp. 33
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5616.33c

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has reaffirmed a conclusion it withdrew last year under political pressure: Abortion does not increase a woman's risk of breast cancer. Last June, after complaints from several anti-abortion members of Congress, NCI withdrew a fact sheet from its Web site that cited no link. NCI Director Andrew von Eschenbach then convened a workshop in February to discuss the evidence (Science, 7 March, p. 1498). The new fact sheet ( cites the scientists' conclusion: Recent studies don't support an abortion-breast cancer link.

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