IVF Does Not Raise Breast Cancer Risk, Study Shows

In a recent article by the New York Times, new studies are showing that there is no increased risk among women who have undergone In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) linked to breast cancer.

Here at Fertility Source Companies, we concentrate on educating our intended parents, egg donors, and gestational surrogates about the processes involved in third party reproduction. We have partnered with renowned physicians and fertility practices across the United States to ensure that our clientele receive the best, informative and compassionate care. The most frequent questions that we and our experienced partners receive revolve around the effects of certain procedures on their lasting health.

The New York times has addressed a great new study regarding the effects of IVF and its presumed link to increased risk of breast cancer. The article indicates that the study has developed statistics from women who have undergone IVF and progressed through life towards the menopausal stage. The initial cause for concern regarding breast cancer as a result of IVF was due to the increased levels of estrogen and progesterone during the IVF process that can affect the course of certain kinds of breast cancer.

The article reads, ‘…the largest, most comprehensive study to date, published [July], provides further reassurance: It finds no increased risk among women who have undergone I.V.F. “The main takeaway is there’s no evidence of an increased subsequent risk of breast cancer, at least in the first couple decades,” said Dr. Saundra S. Buys, an oncologist at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, who was not involved in the new study.’

The full article can be accessed via The New York Times HERE.

More information is provided in the article to also conclude that there is “no greater risk among women who had various types of less intensive treatments to improve fertility.”

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