Posted by: Katie | 2019/06/06

In vetro

Dr...does IVF increase the risk of breast or other cancer. Thank you.

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- 2019/06/10

Dear Katie,

That is an excellent question Katie and often one that is not addressed by doctors and patients alike. There is evidence which shows that IVF can increase the risks of breast and ovarian cancer. Obviously it may also spur on the growth of small pre-existing tumours if they are hormonally responsive. It is for this reason that all patients should have a breast examination and  transvaginal imaging of their ovaries before starting any IVF treatment. Women over the age of 40 and those with a strong family history of such cancers should in addition have a baseline mammogram done and all women who have had IVF therapy need to ensure that they comply with recommended screening guidelines.

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