Oh my. Wingnut News Daily (wnd.com) is running a story Evidence Mounts: Abortion, Birth Control Cause Cancer.
Ok- so let’s look at the facts, shall we?
They are talking about a study showing that breast cancer rates have risen in the past thirty years. And stating that, well clearly, it must be because of contraception.
So first off- let’s point out the obvious scare tatic in their headline. Abortion has nothing to do with this. They throw that in because of their, ahem, “moral” bent. The majority of abortions in the US are surgical- which have nothing whatsoever to do with this. What they are alluding to is the “morning after” pill- essentially a high dose of the hormones used in birth control. That are taken once. And for which there is absolutely no evidence of a link to cancer.
Now it is well documented that there is a slight increased risk of breast cancer with the birth control pill, which is taken daily, for months, years, or decades. There is also an increased risk of cervical cancer, though this is widely believed to be because of an increased risk of exposure to the HPV virus (which condoms can prevent) and not linked to the drug itself.
But women on birth control also have a reduced risk of ovarian and endometrial cancers.
And of course- despite the articles allegations- there is no evidence that birth control is the sole, or even the major cause for the rise in breast cancer. Indeed, one of the major risk factors is obesity and/or lack of exercise- something we have seen skyrocket during the same time period.
Or the mounting evidence that everything from the hormones increasingly found in milk,hormones used in all forms of meat and found in shocking numbers in our water and environment, endocrine disrupters such as BPA found in everything from plastics to tin can linings, to the increasing use of hormones, pesticides, and countless other chemicals in our everday life playing a major role in not only breast cancer, but countless other cancers and various other “diseases”…
But of course it does not surprise me that the right-wing(nuts) don’t understand science. Don’t understand the difference between correlation and causation.
Or that they twist things to support their own narrow minded views- despite what the facts actualy say.