Family Time: No Increased Cancer Risk In IVF Children

November 7, 2013 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 9:17 AM EDT

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November 7, 2013 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 9:17 AM EDT


For many women, having a family means relying on in vitro fertilization, and now there's good news.
A new British study finds children born using this procedure face no increased risk of cancer.

University College researchers in London found in vitro fertilization was not associated with an increased risk of
overall cancers, including leukemia.

They believe these results are good evidence that the risk of these types of tumors among children born after in vitro fertilization is no different than in the general population.

Researchers say the study had an average follow-up of more than 6 years and most of these types of childhood cancer happen before this age.