Major Study: No Connection Between Fertility Treatment and Cancer

Very good medical news at a time when more and more women in their forties are attempting to have children, due to delaying childbirth due to career development, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Pregnancy after forty almost always requires the use of some sort of fertility drugs, and many women have been discouraged from attempting fertility treatment due to a decades old concern that fertility drugs make a woman more vulnerable to developing ovarian cancer.

But a massive study done in Denmark show that no connection between the use of fertility drugs or fertility treatments and cancer.

"This study actually reviewed more than 50,000 women between 1994 and 2015," Dr. Matthew Retzloff, a fertility expert at the Fertility Center of San Antonio told News Radio 1200 WOAI.  "It showed that treatment did not infer any additional risk."

They Danish physician who headed the massive study said she would 'advise women who are contemplating ART (Assisted Reproductive Therapy) to go ahead.'

Dr. Retzloff says the study shows it is actually the infertility itself, not the treatment, that is tied to an elevated cancer risk.

"Women who never conceived and had no children were at a higher risk for ovarian cancer," he said.

A larger number of American women than ever before are successfully having babies in their forties, as more professional opportunities are now open for women.  

Dr. Retzloff says this study finally debunks the old fears that any sort of fertility treatment leads to cancer.

"I think it helps these women to confidently know they can proceed safely with treatment and not incur an increased risk of ovarian cancer," he said.


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