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Hush, which seems to me an objective overview of the situation, should be seen by pro-choice women, pro-life women and women who are simply concerned about themselves or their daughters achieving their reproductive goals with optimal chances for long-term health. That is to say, by pretty well all women.

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Another Hackneyed NCI Response

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Last week the Producer of HUSH released some of the specific information that HUSH has uncovered in a challenge for health organizations to respond.
Today we received another stock response back from the National Cancer Institute, where they again point to the same old 2003 conference and their website infosheet. We’re hoping that they actually watch the film this time and respond directly to it!
– Check it out below, and the Producer’s email response that calls them out for their hackneyed dismissal:

NEW EMAIL FROM HUSH TO NCI:
Subject: re:Important Challenge to Health Organizations
On Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 3:41 PM, wrote:

Thank you for your response Bill, but you have not specifically addressed ANY of the information in this email request and certainly have not watched the documentary. In fact, it appears that this is just another stock response from the organization that we received prior to completing the documentary. We are very well aware of the NCI’s 2003 conference, and those we interviewed in the film have called that event ‘a sham’ claiming that ‘one day the NCI will look back in embarrassment at that event’.

The Director of the film, who herself had a late term miscarriage just prior to 32 weeks is concerned about her own breast cancer risk, and not at all satisfied with a stock, blanket statement response that claims ‘miscarriage does not increase a woman’s subsequent risk of developing breast cancer’, when clearly you have stated that ‘exposure of breast tissue to estrogen made in the body’ is a known risk of breast cancer, and pregnancy itself is a known cause of increased estrogen being made in the body! This is a very serious discrepancy in your own response.

I can tell that you have not even read the specific challenges we have put out, because for example you state: “The evidence overall still does not support early termination of pregnancy as a cause of breast cancer.” When what we have particularly asked for you to address is not early termination, but late termination. 4 out of 4 studies that we found to have looked at this find this result, including at least 2 of the studies that you are personally referencing when you say that ‘better designed studies have been conducted’ that supposedly found no risk altogether (Melbye & Ye).
It also is of concern that when you list what is known about ” factors known to increase a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer” you do not mention reproductive issues whatsoever, such as breast feeding being known to be protective, early-child birth as being protective, and nulliparity (having no children) as increasing risk, in spite of the fact that these are acknowledged by the NCI here: http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/hormones/reproductive-history-fact-sheet
Again, I would ask that you please respond to these issues directly, by having someone from your organization review the investigation that was done publicly in the documentary film HUSH. We would be happy to send a private link to view the film, or a DVD copy of the film to do so. Without watching the full film, you will not be able to address the very specific concerns of women worldwide.

Thank you very much for your time,

Sincerely,

Joses Martin
Producer
HUSH

NCI STAFF:
On Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 2:31 PM, NCI Cancer.gov Staff wrote:
Dear Mr. Martin:

Your e-mail to National Institute of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins informing him about your documentary film about studies that show a link between abortion and breast cancer has been forwarded to this office for response. We hope the following information is helpful.

The NCI, a component of the NIH, is the Nation’s principal agency for cancer research and is responsible for coordinating the National Cancer Program. NCI regularly reviews and analyzes the scientific literature on many topics, including various risk factors for breast cancer.

A woman’s hormone levels normally change throughout her life for a variety of reasons, and these hormonal changes can lead to changes in her breasts. Many such hormonal changes occur during pregnancy, changes that may influence a woman’s chances of developing breast cancer later in life. As a result, over several decades a considerable amount of research has been and continues to be conducted to determine whether having an induced abortion, or a miscarriage (also known as spontaneous abortion), influences a woman’s chances of developing breast cancer later in life.

You may be interested to know that in February 2003, the NCI convened a workshop of over 100 of the world’s leading experts who study pregnancy and breast cancer risk. Workshop participants reviewed existing population-based, clinical, and animal studies on the relationship between pregnancy and breast cancer risk, including studies of induced and spontaneous abortions. They concluded that having an abortion or miscarriage does not increase a woman’s subsequent risk of developing breast cancer. Gaps in research knowledge for each scientific area are identified, and recommendations for future research directions are provided. A summary of their findings can be found in the Summary Report: Early Reproductive Events and Breast Cancer Workshop.

The relationship between induced and spontaneous abortion and breast cancer risk has been the subject of extensive research beginning in the late 1950s. Until the mid-1990s, the evidence was inconsistent. Findings from some studies suggested there was no increase in risk of breast cancer among women who had had an abortion, while findings from other studies suggested there was an increased risk. Most of these studies, however, were flawed in a number of ways that can lead to unreliable results. Only a small number of women were included in many of these studies, and for most, the data were collected only after breast cancer had been diagnosed, and women’s histories of miscarriage and abortion were based on their self-report rather than on their medical records. Since then, better-designed studies have been conducted. 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 evidence overall still does not support early termination of pregnancy as a cause of breast cancer. This information can be found in the NCI fact sheet “Abortion, Miscarriage, and Breast Cancer Risk” at http://www.cancer.gov/types/breast/abortion-miscarriage-risk.

At present, the factors known to increase a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer include older age, a personal history of breast cancer, a family history of breast cancer, inherited gene changes, dense breasts, exposure of breast tissue to estrogen made in the body, taking hormone therapy for symptoms of menopause, radiation therapy to the breast or chest, obesity, drinking alcohol, and being white. This information can be found in NCI’s “Breast Cancer Prevention (PDQ®)–Patient Version” at http://www.cancer.gov/types/breast/patient/breast-prevention-pdq#section/all.

You may also wish to explore the “Factors and Interventions With Adequate Evidence of No Association” section of NCI’s “Breast Cancer Prevention (PDQ®)–Health Professional Version” at http://www.cancer.gov/types/breast/hp/breast-prevention-pdq#link/_643_toc. This summary includes references and links to the PubMed abstracts.

Please be aware that the information provided does not constitute medical or legal advice.

Thank you for writing.

Sincerely yours,

Bill Robinson
Office of Communications and Public Liaison
National Cancer Institute

ORIGINAL EMAIL:
From: Joses Martin
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2016 1:54 PM
Subject: Important Challenge to Health Organizations

A new documentary film from Canada released last Friday is of great concern to your organization because it is challenging health organizations including the NCI, RCOG, ACOG, WHO, CCS, ACS, CDC and more, to address the findings of its investigation into women’s reproductive history in relation to Breast Cancer risks & Premature Birth risks. What the film finds is a consistent array of simple facts that seem to have been overlooked, and often just not communicated to women publicly due to their politically incorrect nature. So much so, that many from these organizations denied us an interview, which is now presented publicly in the film.
Here is what the documentary finds that seems to disagree with many public statements made until now –

HUSH FACT 1 – Having an extreme preterm birth prior to 32 weeks increases risk of breast cancer. (3 out of 3 studies that we found to have looked at this find this)
HUSH FACT 2 – Having a late term abortion of a first pregnancy increases risk of breast cancer. (4 out of 4 studies that we found to have looked at this find this)
HUSH FACT 3 – Having an abortion prior to having a child seems to show an increased breast cancer risk, especially prior to 20 years old.
HUSH FACT 4 – Surgical vacuum aspiration abortion, which is still the most common type of abortion, is associated with an increased risk of extreme premature birth in future pregnancies, and multiple prior abortions is particularly of concern. (3 out of 3 meta-analysis studies we found to have looked at this, show this. This is admitted to by the RCOG as well as in the 2006 IOM report but it remains uncommunicated with women on a broad scale.)
AND FINALLY – That more study is needed in all these areas to clarify more specifics.

The film itself backs up these claims directly with important studies that are explored and presented in the midst of the investigation.
We believe that this constitutes serious misconduct by health organizations who have looked at these subjects for many years and failed to find or communicate these important health facts to women, while the lay-people and filmmakers involved in the film (from a wide range of political backgrounds) have found these facts to be clear. The film is now being presented to media, government and the public worldwide, which is why I’d like to offer you a chance to look at and respond to the information presented in it. I would be happy to provide you a free digital viewing if you contact me here to request, or you can view the film by renting or purchasing online through www.hushfilm.com.

Thank you for your time,

Joses Martin
Producer
HUSH


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