Study: IVF doesn't increase breast, ovarian cancer risk

Study: IVF doesn't increase breast, ovarian cancer risk

Study: IVF doesn't increase breast, ovarian cancer risk

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on February 18, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 8:11 PM

A new study shows that women who undergo in vitro fertilization do not have an increased risk for breast or ovarian cancer.

Researchers at the National Cancer Institute studied the medical records of more than 60,000 women who underwent IFV and compared them to women who never had the procedure. They could not find an increased risk for breast or endometrial cancer among those who had IVF.

The found a slight increased risk for ovarian cancer, but they said that could be due to chance.

They also said women seeking IVF likely have dysfunctional ovaries, and that could be increasing their risk for that type of cancer.

The study was published in the journal Fertility and Sterility.

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