Misinformation in medical office

Amanda - posted on 05/10/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I am watching the documentary 12th & Delaware, while watching it a young teenager is reading a pamphlet in the pregnancy clinic, which claims abortions cause breast cancer (I paused the tv *god I love pvrs* to read the insert). It basically said that the sudden hormonal change of the female body after an abortion causes breast cancer.



I was shocked, and decided to do a little research, to find out if this is true.



--These newer studies examined large numbers of women, collected data before breast cancer was found, and gathered medical history information from medical records rather than simply from self-reports, thereby generating more reliable findings. The newer studies consistently showed no association between induced and spontaneous abortions and breast cancer risk. --



-- In February 2003, the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) held a workshop of more than 100 of the world's leading experts who study pregnancy and breast cancer risk. The experts reviewed human and animal studies that looked at the link between pregnancy and breast cancer risk, including studies of induced and spontaneous abortions. Some of their findings were:



•Breast cancer risk is increased for a short time after a full-term pregnancy (that is, a pregnancy that results in the birth of a living child).

•Induced abortion is not linked to an increase in breast cancer risk.

•Spontaneous abortion is not linked to an increase in breast cancer risk. --



So my question is why is this type of misinformation allowed in a "doctors" office? It is clearly an outdated statement that has never been true. I understand scare tactics, guilt tactics, but to have a medical information that is clearly incorrect should be illegal (I wonder if it is in USA). Lets not make this into an abortion debate, its just an example of misinformation I clearly saw in a medical office.

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Sneaky - posted on 05/10/2011

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I had a miscarriage in 2007 and was told that my risk for breast cancer was increased because of it . . . . at the time the research had been done to suggest that there was no link between breast cancer and abortion/miscarriage, but the nurses that cared for me in hospital were not up to date with that information.

So, it could be that the doctor's office is just not 'up-to-date', it could be the show was recorded 5 years ago before the link had been disproved.

Or it could be a crazy anti-choice doctor that is using out dated information to scare his/her patients into not having abortions. If that is the case, you could probably make an official complaint against not only the doctor, but the makers of the TV show.

Like everything else in life though - if you believe everything you read in a pamphlet in a doctors office without doing your own research about it, then . . well . . .you will believe anything you get told won't you?

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Amanda - posted on 05/11/2011

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No it wasnt birth right, but the documentary gave me a real eye opener on the other side of the debate. It totally amazed me what people will say to change a womans mind on the issue, ie offer rent, food, clothing for a mother of 6 children already. Amazing they would offer the moon, but in reality theres no way after 12-20 weeks pregnant would these people keep offering the moon. Shakes head. Oh well what can you do.

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Sadly, with this issue and others there ARE Dr's and other medical professionals that will mislead patient based of their personal views- they will, if challenged often say that they 'thought' the patient was wasking their personal view. Vomit. Makes me sick.

Rosie - posted on 05/10/2011

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what kind of pregnancy clinic is it? is it like a birthright? where they just do pregnancy test and then "counsel" you on what to do. of course with no mention of abortion at all, cause that's NOT an option for that group. i've seen pro lifers on this website use that as a reason for not having abortions. makes me cringe when people don't check facts.

Amanda - posted on 05/10/2011

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You are right ladys. I watched the rest of it to find out the doctors were lying to ladys about how far along they were, ie saying they were 7 weeks and had a few weeks to decide how they want to handle the issue, only for the ladys to find out they were 10 weeks or later. So once the woman does decide it is legally to long to go for an abortion.



I still find it crazy that a medical hand out can give false information. Such a shame!

Ez - posted on 05/10/2011

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Yeah this is a doctor pushing a pro-life agenda. It's propoganda. And doctors distribute out-of-date or simply inaccurate information all the time. Circumcision anyone?

Kate CP - posted on 05/10/2011

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To me this says that the doctor in this clinic is very pro-life and is willing to impose his or her views onto their patients. It also says to me that this provider is willing to use any means necessary to coerce a woman into keeping an unwanted pregnancy. Breast cancer is scary.

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