The Abortion-Breast Cancer Hypothesis (again) – Understanding Risk.

Recently I published a series of five articles that looked in depth at the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) hypothesis and the complex relationship between women’s reproductive history and their short and long term risk of developing breast cancer. Based on the research evidence I covered in those articles, we […]

What can Chirokinetic Therapy treat?

If you’re guessing that the correct answer to the title question is ‘nothing’ then congratulations, you have the correct answer but please permit me to elaborate a little further. At the beginning of May I wrote about David Stevens, a Leatherhead-based quack who trades under the names Vital […]

The Great Rape Joke Controversy™ Part 1

A subject I’ve been meaning to tackle for a while, but never quite got around to, is that of The Great Rape Joke Controversy™, which flared up on Twitter (again!) the other day – and if you missed the action then I’d heartily recommend that you read Ally […]

Debunking the Abortion-Breast Cancer Hypothesis – the wrap-up show.

Since the publication of the Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer’s meta-analysis of Aborton-Breast Cancer (ABC) studies in 2004 – Beral et al. (2004) [1] – two further large prospective studies have been published, neither of which found that induced abortion was associated with an increase […]

No evidence of abortions ‘without sign-offs’ – updated

From the file marked ‘Misleading Headlines’ the Press Association (as churned by MSN UK news) reports: 400 abortions ‘without sign-offs’ More than 400 abortions were carried out last year without the right information being submitted to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), official figures have shown. Doctors also failed […]

Debunking the Abortion-Breast Cancer Hypothesis – pt4.

In part 3 I looked in detail at Brind et al. (1996) [1], the key meta-analysis on which the Abortion-Breast Cancer Hypothesis is founded and foudn that Brind’s claim to have demonstrated a causal link between abortion and breast cancer is, to say the least, extremely questionable. This […]

Debunking the Abortion-Breast Cancer Hypothesis – pt3.

To quickly recap: In part one, I looked at the provenance of the Abortion-Breast Cancer (ABC) hypothesis, noting that it is not supported by any of the major cancer research/prevention organisations in either the US or UK, including the US National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society and Cancer […]

Debunking the Abortion-Breast Cancer Hypothesis – pt2.

In part 1 we looked at the provenance of the Abortion-Breast Cancer (ABC) hypothesis and demonstrated, pretty conclusively, that its main proponents are religious zealots who are motivated to promote this hypothesis by their religious/moral objections to induced abortion. As we move on to look at the science […]

Debunking the Abortion-Breast Cancer Hypothesis – pt1.

In everything I’ve written on the subject of abortion over the las four to five years perhaps the only issue I’ve not addressed in detail is the Abortion-Breast Cancer (ABC) hypothesis for the simple reason that I had thought it to have been so comprehensively discredited that it […]

Dear Rationalist Association… fix your petition, please! UPDATED

Update #2 – 15:20pm, 8 June 2012 The Rationalist Association have now updated their petition to reflect the information in this post and the discussion we had this morning, so the comments below are now moot other than serving as a record of the RA’s willingness to respond […]