No increased risk of breast cancer from IVF


For many years, there’s been conflicting evidence – and a great deal of fear – that IVF might increase the risk of breast cancer in female fertility patients. But there is now good news for women undertaking IVF with the findings of a large 20-year study. A team of Dutch researchers followed over 25 000 women between 1980 and 1995 and concluded that IVF treatment compared with non-IVF treatment was not associated with increased risk of breast cancer.  You can access the complete paper online at JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association)

or you can take a shortcut and check out an interview between Dr Norman Swan and one of the authors of the study, Alexandra van den Belt-Dusebout, from the Department of Epidemiology at the Netherlands Cancer ABC Radio National’s Health Report hInstitute.’t-increase-risk-of-breast-cancer/7658018