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No Greater Risk of Cancer in Women after ART

December 2, 2015

One of the frequently asked questions we get is whether or not fertility treatments such as IVF and IUI are safe for patients, and whether there are any long-term effects on women’s health. Researchers in a newly published paper studied the incidence of cancer among women who have undergone Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) therapy in the past.

According to this study that was published in the November 2015 issue of Fertility and Sterility, women with prior ART therapy were found to have no greater risk of cancer than those who had not received ART treatment.

Presented at the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, researchers followed 113,226 women, including 53,859 women without prior ART treatment, in New York, Texas and Illinois between 2004 and 2009.

The researchers found that women who had prior ART treatments had a statistically significantly lower risk for all cancers, breast cancer and all female genital cancers; a non-statistically significant lower risk for endocrine and uterine cancer; and a non-statistically significant higher risk for melanoma and ovarian cancer.

Funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health, this study concluded that women initiating ART therapy have no greater risk for developing cancer after 5 years of follow-up compared with the general population and with other women treated with ART.




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