Pink October

The following item was submitted to us by John and Sheila Kippley, co-founders of National Family Planning International ( It was originally submitted to the Cincinnati Enquirer

For two weeks we have been awash in pink to make us aware of breast cancer. Yet we have seen no mention of three of the most important things a woman can do to prevent breast cancer. So here are the basic ABC’s:    

(A) Abortion increases the risk of subsequent breast cancer, so never have one. Research has shown that women who have an abortion before their first full-term pregnancy have a 50% greater risk of breast cancer. 

(B) Birth control pills, patches, etc. increase the risk of breast cancer. If a woman takes the Pill before her first full-term pregnancy, she gives herself at least a 40% increase in her risk of breast cancer. If she takes it for four years or more, the risk is probably higher.

(C) Childbirth should be followed by breastfeeding. Do extended breastfeeding because the anti-cancer action of breastfeeding is increased by the total length of breastfeeding.   

These are the basics. For resources providing more comprehensive yet still brief discussion of behaviors that help prevent cancer, visit

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