Can Fertility Treatments Cause Breast Cancer?


October 19, 2011

Wall Street Journal

An article posted on today’s “Health Blog” of the Wall Street Journal reviews the debate currently brewing: can fertility treatments cause breast cancer? The subject has received a lot of media attention this week when Giuliana Rancic, a 36-year-old E! news anchor and reality show star announced she has breast cancer. Rancic publicly announced that her cancer was discovered after her fertility physician “insisted she get a mammogram before undergoing another round of IVF.” Quoted throughout the post is Samantha Pfeifer, MD, an associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Penn who also chairs the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s practice committee. According to Dr. Pfeifer, “breast cancer rates are higher among women who are older when they first get pregnant, so the disease ‘is something we deal with’ in taking care of fertility patients, many of whom are in their late 30s.’” However, there is currently no evidence that show IVF treatments cause breast cancer... Read More

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