Researchers have revealed there is no higher risk of IVF babies getting cancer than those conceived naturally
The study conducted at the Amsterdam University Medical Center and Netherlands Cancer Institute wanted to determine if cancer was more widespread in those born via assisted reproductive technologies(ART) than those who were not.
According to Medical Express, the results, which were presented virtually in June at the annual ESHRE meeting, have been described as ‘quite reassuring, especially for those conceived via IVF’, by lead author of the study, Dr Mandy Spaan.
The findings also found that there was no different outcome between IVF children and those conceived by sub-fertile women who went on to achieve pregnancy naturally, either with or without the help of fertility drugs for increasing ovulation.
Dr Spaan hoped the results would help physicians to inform parents considering fertility treatment about the potential health risks for their children, and was also ‘evidence-based information about the association between ART and the cancer risk in children and adolescents.’.
The study looked at women who had offspring from 13 IVF clinics or two regional fertility centers in the Netherlands.
They looked at babies born between 1980 and 2012, which included 89,249 children, 57417 born via ART, such as IVF, ICSI, or frozen embryo transfer between 1983 and 2012, and 37,832 conceived naturally by sub-fertile women with or without fertility drugs between 1975 and 2012.
The data showed that 358 cancers were diagnosed in children, of which 157 were in the ART group and 201 were in the non-fertility assisted category.
Analysis showed no overall increase in cancer risk for those born after ART compared with those not conceived by ART and the general population.