Using fertility treatments to conceive does not appear to put those children at a greater risk for cancer later in life.
This from a new study, that analyzed long-term data from children conceived with Assisted Reproductive Technology or “ART.”
The study included 48,000 children- including some conceived with art, and those conceived naturally or with fertility drugs and followed them for an average of 21 years.
Of those children studied, 231 later developed cancer but researchers say after adjustment for a number of factors that babies conceived with art- were not at an increased risk.
But the cancer risk did increase for intracytoplasmic sperm injection- or from frozen embryos that were thawed before treatment.
Researchers warn that the increase was not statistically significant and that these cancers may be due to chance.
They urge further long-term cancer risk investigations as the number of children born as a result of these techniques continues to grow.
The research findings were published this week in the Journal Human Reproduction.