IVF does not increase risk of breast or womb cancer, says study

According to a recent article in the American Journal, Fertility and
Sterility, ART treatment (IVF and ICSI) is not associated with an increase
in breast, cervical or endometrial cancer.
Scientists at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland, USA, analysed the
medical records of over 67,000 Israeli women who had IVF procedures between
1994 and 2011. They compared these with the records of nearly 20,000 women
who had not undergone IVF treatments, looking specifically at occurrences of
the four types of cancer.

Grandfather of IVF dies

On the 10 April 2013 Sir Robert Edwards, aged 87, died after a long illness.
He brought about the most significant advance in the history of human
infertility treatment – IVF.
In 1968, Bob, as he was known, forged a key partnership with Dr Patrick
Steptow, a gynaecologist from Oldham, in Lancashire, and a pioneer of
keyhole surgery. They both proceeded to achieve human IVF, resulting in the
birth of Louise Brown, the first “test-tube baby”, on 25 July 1978.
As stated in his obituary by Dr Martin Johnson they faced obstacles that
would have deterred a less determined pair, for not only was the work
demanding clinically and scientifically, but they were given no financial
support from UK funding bodies, and were regularly attacked not just by
religious leaders and the press but also by most of their scientific and
clinical colleagues.
Today, IVF and related forms of assisted conception are commonplace. By the
time Bob was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work, more than 4.5 million
babies had been born as a result of his pioneering initiative.