Study: Children conceived through IVF may have higher risk for certain cancer

Children who were conceived via in vitro fetilization have a significantly higher chance of having a type of liver cancer.

According to a new study conducted by the University of Minnesota and released in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, kids concieved through IVF were overall more likely to have a rare form of liver cancer compared to children who were concieved naturally. The rate of hepatic tumors for the groups were 18.1 to 5.7, respectively.

Researchers have not concluded what led to the higher cancer risks.

“There may be a link between the two but it’s not a strong link. So it’s not something to say all children who are concieved via IVF are going to go on and develop cancers,” said Dr. Jennifer Orozco, pediatric oncology at Gundersen Health System.

Orozco said the overall chances of having childhood cancer remains low.

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