Millions of women around the world are turning to IVF to fall pregnant, but a new study has found these “test tube” babies are more likely to develop cancer later in life.
From 1991 until 2013, researchers from Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev examined 242,187 newborn babies until they were 18, to see whether there was an association between fertility treatments and “malignancies”.
The study, which was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, found this connection “remained significant”.
“Children conceived after fertility treatments are at an increased risk for paediatric neoplasms [abnormal tissue growth associated with cancer],” the study concluded.
Most of the babies involved in the study (98.3 per cent) were conceived spontaneously while 1.1 per cent were conceived via IVF and the other 0.7 per cent were conceived via ovulation induction treatments.
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