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Possibility of Fertility Drugs Increasing the Risk of Breast Cancer is Bleak!

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Research that was carried out earlier, had established a connection between increase of risk in breast cancer and fertility drugs. But, the fresh study conducted by the National Cancer Institute shows that this isn’t necessarily the case.

Fertility Drugs

This research was published not too long ago in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, which is a journal from the American Association for Cancer Research. Amongst women, who are not actually having regular ovulation, intake of fertility medication is usually recommended. These drugs help by generating the production of eggs just in the same proportions as the hormones of a woman would produce in a natural way.

Using this medicine can easily help a woman in getting pregnant and it can also be used along with ART (assisted reproductive technologies), just like IVF (in vitro fertilization) and IUI (intrauterine insemination).

Whether these fertility medications do actually increase the risk of breast cancer, has been a subject of discussion for quite a while. But, quite a few such researches have indicated that there is in fact a strong link between the two of them, and the most recent studies conducted by researchers require deeper investigation.

The Chief of the Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Louise A. Brinton explained – “We wanted to evaluate the long-term relationship of fertility medications and breast cancer risk after controlling for other factors that have been shown to be correlated with both breast cancer risk and use of those drugs.”

The results of the study ‘reassures’ women, and the team discovered that women who had taken doses of this fertility medication called clomiphene citrate (brand name Clomid) or gonadotropins were not at an increased risk of getting afflicted with breast cancer as compared to women who were not taking this medication.

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