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Infertility treatment not related to child cancer, study shows

University of Minnesota

Children conceived from infertility treatment do not have a higher risk of developing infant leukaemia before its first year, a new study has found.

Research by the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis found that there is no link, after previous research had suggested that there was a connection.

This might come as welcome news to adults seeking infertility treatment.

The study involved examining 443 children with the disease - which is a rarer form than leukaemia at a later age - and 324 healthy children, over a ten-year period.

It produced no link between parents who received IVF treatment and those who did not.

Logan G Spector, who contributed to the research, told Reuters Health: "We can potentially rule out large increases in risk associated with parental infertility or its treatment."

However, the research did not provide data on whether or not infertility and infertility treatment has a relation to other more general childhood cancers.

In the UK, leukaemia accounts for 2.5 per cent of all cancers and one-third of these are children.

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Infertility treatment news : 27 April 2010