Study: Higher Cancer Rate for IVF Babies
A new study on in vitro fertilization, which has long been opposed by the Catholic Church and has been deemed as morally unacceptable, suggests that babies conceived using this method have a higher risk of developing cancer than do babies who were conceived naturally.
While the risk of cancer was increased by 42 percent for Swedish youngsters conceived with IVF, the absolute risk of cancer was still quite low.
“We found a roughly 50 percent increased risk for cancer in the IVF children, which means that if the risk without IVF is two per 1,000, it increases to three per 1,000 after IVF,” explained study author Dr. Bengt Kallen, a professor emeritus in embryology at the Tornblad Institute at the University of Lund in Sweden.
The findings will be published in the August print issue of Pediatrics, but were posted online on July 19.
Source: U.S. News and World Report
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