Smart Woman: In Vitro Fertilization And Cancer Risk

Smart Woman: In Vitro Fertilization And Cancer Risk

A new British study finds children born through In Vitro Fertilization are not at an increased risk of cancer in childhood. British researchers studied more than 100-thousand children born through IVF between 1992 and 2008.
A new British study finds children born through In Vitro Fertilization are not at an increased risk of cancer in childhood. British researchers studied more than 100-thousand children born through IVF between 1992 and 2008.

They found 108 cancer cases. That's a little less then rates for children born naturally. In terms of cancer, there is no evidence of an increased risk in the UK population which uses similar techniques of IVF to other countries.

In Vitro Fertilization was introduced in Britain in 1978. More than 5 million children worldwide have been born through IVF since then. Researchers say they detected a very slight increase in two rare types of cancer.

One that is normally associated with premature babies. The findings are published in the New England Journal of Medicine.



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