Breast cancer awareness and research seems to dominate the news each fall. October is designated as the official breast cancer awareness month, but pink everything—ribbons, shoes, hats, gloves, T-shirts—spills over into the subsequent weeks of Autumn.
Now a new study has been issued by the Institute of Medicine on “Breast Cancer and the Environment: a Life Course Approach.” The interesting thing about this study is that it was expected to come down hard on industrial practices opposed by environmental groups. Instead researchers found that women’s life style choices are the more persistent factor in breast cancer risk.
The study found that substances to which women voluntarily expose themselves are much clearer sources of risk than environmental factors over which they have little or no control. Oral contraceptives made the list, along with cigarettes, alcohol and fattening foods.
Study Backs Up Pro-Life Doctors
Pro-life physicians have, for decades, warned that the artificial hormones in oral contraceptives increase a woman’s risk of cancer. But the broader society and pro-contraceptive medical groups have refused to acknowledge these warnings.
Perhaps the Institute of Medicine study will force them to take another look. Interestingly the study was paid for by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the breast cancer patient-advocacy group that has drawn much opposition from the pro-life movement for their ongoing financial contributions to Planned Parenthood.
Will Planned Parenthood Be Honest About the Risks?
Since Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest promoter of contraception, as well as abortion, will Susan G. Komen now step back and question its own support of the organization dedicated to promoting behavior that Komen’s subsidized research points to as a significant cause for the disease Komen is trying to eradicate?
The breast cancer study urged more research into the pivotal moments in a woman’s development—in the womb, at puberty, during childbearing years and at menopause, those periods when women are most likely to choose to use oral contraceptives. According to the Institute of Medicine, those women who use oral contraceptives containing both estrogen and progestin for several years are more likely to develop breast cancer than those who do not.
Can we expect to see Planned Parenthood post warnings about the elevated risk of breast cancer as they push oral contraceptives on their clients? Don’t hold your breath! They’re more likely to just bury that piece of information in a sea of pink stuff.