A Dutch study has found In vitro fertilisation (IVF) does not increase the risk of breast cancer in women.
While some previous studies suggested that IVF might influence a woman's risk due to the treatment’s hormonal nature, researchers in the Netherlands have found no associated increased risk of breast cancer among thousands of women.
The Netherlands Cancer Institute study assessed the health of more than 25,000 women, 21 years after IVF treatment. Most were 33 when they had fertility treatment and underwent an average of three IVF cycles.
Incidences of breast cancer were found to be three per cent among the IVF group and 2.9 per cent for the non-IVF group.
The study also found that breast cancer risk among IVF-treated women was also not significantly different from that in the general population.
One in eight women will get breast cancer, and regular breast screens are the best way to find breast cancer early, before any symptoms are noticed and when treatment is likely to be most successful.
BreastScreen Victoria particularly encourages women aged 50 to 74 to take advantage of the free breast screening service and have a breast screen every two years. To make a booking visit breastscreen.org.au or call 13 20 50.
The Netherlands Cancer Institute study can be found here.