My tuned-in readers have written to ask, "What's going on with the National Cancer Institute meeting on the link between abortion and breast cancer?"
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) convened a meeting this week, from Monday, February 24 through today at noon. As they say in this statement which was just issued,
"This scientific Workshop was held to present and review the information available on the risk of breast cancer associated with pregnancy. The Workshop brought together a cross-section of experts to discuss the scientific data available regarding the reproductive events in a woman's life that may impact her subsequent risk of breast cancer. These top experts - epidemiologists, clinicians, laboratory scientists, as well as breast cancer advocates - came together to review the latest scientific data, to define what is known, to identify gaps in our knowledge, and to discuss what areas warrant further study."
The statement contains no information of any substance, except the news that the final report will be issued on March 3, 2003.
Go here for a list of participants in the meeting.
For a discussion of the medical and scientific issues from the perspective of a group that believes that induced abortion does increase the risk of breast cancer, go to this webpage, the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer. This group also has a perma-link on my blog, over on the left.