Can Fertility Treatments Cause Breast Cancer?

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Simply put, IVF treatments do not cause breast cancer.

Two well-known women brought a great deal of attention to the subject of fertility treatments and breast cancer in the past few years, but at this time, no link between IVF and breast cancer has been found. John Edwards’ late wife, Elizabeth Edwards, and entertainment news host, Giuliana Rancic, made public their breast cancer diagnoses after having undergone fertility treatments, causing many women to believe there was some link between in vitro fertilization treatments and breast cancer. Studies show that IVF drugs do not cause cancer.

In May 2012, a study came out in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility, which had many women fearful of the link between IVF and breast cancer because of one finding. Overall, however, the study found that there is NOT an increase in breast cancer in IVF patients. The study did find that women who had IVF at a very young age (24) had a 1.5 increased risk of developing breast cancer. This is what many women found alarming, but the study showed that women who had IVF at age 40 had no increased risk of the disease. And here’s some really good news—the study also found that having twins or higher multiple births seems to actually lower a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer.

If you have questions about the IVF process or IVF candidacy, please contact Houston IVF to schedule an appointment, or fill out an online appointment request form today.

Author: Katherine K. McKnight, M.D.

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