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Does medical abortion increase the risk of breast cancer?

No, having an induced abortion does not increase a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer. The World Health Organization has stated that “sound epidemiological data show no increased risk of breast cancer for women following spontaneous or induced abortion.”[1]

 

[1] Safe Abortion: Technical and Policy Guidance for Health Systems. The World Health Organization. Second Edition. 2012 http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/70914/1/9789241548434_eng.pdf