Our expert says:
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.
Answered by Dr T Mohamed
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