IVF children do not have higher risk of cancer, study finds.

1 January 2014

National Monitor, Rina Shah | November 11, 2013

IVF children do not have higher risk of cancer, study finds.


This study was the largest, population-based study of its kind.


A new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, examined data on children born in the U.K. between 1992 and 2008 as a result of assisted conception. These children were evaluated to determine the rate of cancer development before the age of 15. Overall, the rates of childhood cancer were the same as population-based average rates for the same time period. There were some factors that affected the rates, including sex, age at diagnosis, birth weight, singleton versus multiple birth, parity, parental age, type of assisted conception, and cause of parental infertility.


According to Fox News, previous research, conducted in Sweden demonstrated a slightly increased risk for cancer among children born using assisted reproductive techniques. However, researchers from University College London pointed out that this study was smaller and more limited in scope. Other experts echo concerns about the Swedish study design and limitations. The present study did show a slight increase in hepatoblastoma and rhabdomyosarcoma, but these increases were not significant.


This study was the largest, population-based study of its kind. Researchers from the Institute of Child Health at University College London studied a cohort of 106,013 children conceived using IVF. Researchers utilized data from the United Kingdom Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority and compared it with data from the National Registry of Childhood Tumors. Overall, researchers reported no increased risk of leukemia, neuroblastoma, retinoblastoma, central nervous system tumors, or renal or germ-cell tumors among children conceived using assisted reproduction.


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