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There is no increased cancer risk for children born through assisted reproduction, according to a new study

This Friday May 3, a new French study reveals that out of more than 200,000 children, there is no overall increase in the risk of cancer for those born thanks to assisted reproduction.

This is a new study. reassuring » published this Friday 3 May in the magazine Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). According to this French study carried out by Inserm and the Epi-Phare scientific group,Children born through assisted reproduction would not develop more tumors than others.

A study carried out on 8.5 million children

To conduct this study, scientists analyzed the medical records of 8.5 million children born in France between 2010 and 2021. They first classified naturally conceived children, and then followed more 260,000 designed by PMA, and then examine the presence of tumors in these two populations. During this monitoring, 9,256 children, including 292 children conceived by PMA, developed cancer.

The researchers observed this “An absence of overall increase in cancer risk if we take all cancers into account », he explains to franceinfo Jacqueline Clavelepidemiologist and research director at Inserm.


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However, they make more nuanced comments regarding the development of leukemia, a disease for which “ a slight increase in risk is not excluded (…). “, in children born from in vitro fertilization: ” out of 20,000 children between 0 and 10 years old, approximately 10 will be affected by leukemia in the general population; according to our estimate, we will have between 13 and 14 children born through in vitro fertilization, the additional risk is therefore very rare », underlined alFrench media agency Dray Spira with rosemaryepidemiologist and deputy director of Epi-Phare.


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