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Date:4/28/2009

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In the current study, Jeanette Falck Winther, M.D., of the Danish Cancer Society in Copenhagen, and colleagues compared the proportion of pregnancies that ended in an induced abortion in 1,688 adult survivors of pediatric cancer who were included in the Danish Cancer Registry, in 2,737 of their sisters who did not have pediatric cancer, and in 16,700 women randomly selected from the Danish Central Population Register.

Cancer survivors chose to have an induced abortion in 19.7% of their pregnancies, which was similar to the proportion of pregnancies terminated by their sisters (18.9%) and by women in the general population (19.7%).

Although Danish records do not track a woman's reason for a first-trimester abortion, the reason for a second trimester abortion is recorded. "Survivors were not more likely than sisters and population control subjects to elect a second-trimester abortion because of physical and mental conditions or fetal abnormalities," the authors conclude.

Contact: Jeanette Falck Winther, M.D., jeanette@cancer.dk, +45 35257670


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