Zeenews Bureau New Delhi: Young women who go through early In vitro fertilization (IVF) are at an elevated risk of developing breast cancer compared to those who don`t undergo the treatment, according to a study at University of Western Australia. However, according to the findings based on the study of more than 21,000 women cannot determine whether IVF contributed to the cancer. `I dont think it`s a huge increased risk that you should worry or panic, ` said Louise Stewart, the lead author and a researcher of the study at the University of Western Australia in Crawley. `The findings did show a link between the two and doctors should keep that in mind`, she added. For the study, Stewart and her colleagues collected information on 21,025 women between the age group of 20 and 40 who went through fertility treatment at the hospitals of Western Australia between 1983 and 2002. They were able to gather enough data by following women for for over 16 years to see if they developed breast cancer. Roughly 1.7 percent of the 13,644 women who only used fertility drugs without IVF ended up developing breast cancer by the end of the study.
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