Women Who Have Undergone In Vitro Fertilization Have a Slightly Higher Risk of Developing Ovarian Cancer?

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Georgia Cancer SpecialistsDid you know that women who have undergone in vitro fertilization have a slightly higher risk of developing ovarian cancer?

By age 55, the risk for ovarian cancer is small, but authors of a recent Dutch study estimate that the risk for women who have had in vitro fertilization is slightly higher.

Other factors can also heighten to a woman’s risk. Women with a personal history of breast cancer, or family history of breast or ovarian cancer are at higher risk, as are women with certain genes defects (BRCA1 and BRCA2).

Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer among women, and it causes more deaths than any other type of female reproductive cancer.

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Source: Hum. Reprod. (2011) doi: 10.1093/humrep/der322

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