A brand new study published in Pediatrics analyzed more than 2.4 million births in Sweden between 1982 and 2005, including 27,000 IVF babies. They found that 54 IVF children developed cancer versus 38 that that would be expected in other children of the same age. The most common cancers were leukemia and brain cancers. Should you worry about a 42 percent increased risk cancer? While it may seem that the risk is 42% higher in IVF babies, the overall risk is still much less than 1%.
This is what you should know:
1. The reasons for the link may include unidentified trains in the parents that may be related to infertility and cancer risks.
2. The increased risk may be related to traits associated with increased cancer risks in found in other studies: prematurity and having breathing problems at birth.
3. Despite the results, the risk of cancer is still much less than 1%.
Read more about the study here: