MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Ovary stimulation for in vitro fertilization may double a woman’s lifetime ovarian cancer risk, a new study reported.
Women who had undergone the procedure has twice the risk of developing ovarian tumors as those who did not, according to a study by the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam.
"If we find out that women who receive several IVF cycles or large doses of ovarian-stimulating drugs are at a greater risk of ovarian cancer, then these women would need to be informed about these risks when continuing IVF treatment," lead researcher professor Flora van Leeuwen said in prepared remarks.
Ovarian cancer is the eight most commonly reported type of tumor and accounted for more than 140,000 deaths in 2008, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
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