Women who have IVF, no increased risk of Breast cancer

Women who have IVF, no increased risk of Breast cancer

According to research published in JAMA July 19th 2016, researchers from the Netherlands Cancer Institute at the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek cancer hospital and Erasmus university’s teaching hospital have found that women undergoing fertility treatment have no increased risks of breast cancer if they are premenopausal, even 20 years later.

There have been concerns in previous studies.

This research was part of the Omega Project, which is studying 25,000 women who had fertility treatment between 1980 and 1994. Women who had more than 6 treatments seem to actually have lowered breast cancer risk. This was thought due to their much lowered egg production and earlier onset of menopause.

The research did not cover the impact on post-menopausal breast cancer. Also there have been developments in IVF treatment since 1994 and these were not studied either.

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