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Fertility Drugs’ Link to Breast Cancer Hinges on Pregnancy, Study Says

Dr. John WilcoxBy: Dr. John G. Wilcox, M.D. FACOG

Study suggests fertility drugs may not pose a significant increased risk of developing breast cancer

A recent study published by the National Institutes of Health recently reported their results of 3000 women studied comparing 1400 women diagnosed with breast cancer before age 50 and 1600 of their sisters who never had breast cancer. Of the 3000 women studied, 288 reported using fertility drugs. 141 of the 288 women reported a pregnancy lasting 10 weeks or more. Results suggested fertility drug use without a subsequent pregnancy may slightly lower the risk of developing breast cancer before age 50. Of those women reporting a pregnancy following treatment, there was little difference in risk compared to women who never took fertility drugs at all. This is the latest study to suggest a marginal impact of fertility medication on breast cancer incidence. Dr. John G. Wilcox, M.D. FACOG, Laboratory Director of HRC Fertility, Pasadena, CA.

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