Myth No. 4: Having an abortion increases your risk of getting breast cancerFact: "What we know is that women who have had children and who have had full-term pregnancies have a reduced risk of getting breast cancer," says Birhiray. According to the "Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia," women who complete a first full-term pregnancy before turning 20 have half the risk of developing breast cancer as women whose first full-term pregnancy is after 30. "I believe some people have taken the opposite to also be true, meaning that if you don't complete a full-term [such as induced abortions or miscarriages], you're raising your risk of getting the disease," says Birhiray. "And there is no clear evidence that that is true."
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