Cancer in Children Born Through IVF: Is the Risk Real?

June 21, 2019

(Medscape) – Each year, the 1-2 million in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments performed worldwide result in 8 million children. The safety of fertility treatments has been evaluated from the early days of assisted reproduction technology (ART), and reports about the risk for cancer among children conceived through ART have been conflicting. A recent study assessed the risk for cancer among the offspring of subfertile women seen in fertility clinics in the Netherlands. Of 47,690 live-born children, 231 (93 conceived with ART and 138 conceived without ART) were diagnosed with cancer during a median of 21 years of follow up.