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In Vitro Fertilization Shows No Added Link to Cancer

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Adults who have children through in vitro fertilization, or who are thinking about it, can breathe a little easier, thanks to a new study from the University College London.

There have been some concerns that manipulating the sperm and egg might boost the risk of a child being born with cancer or developing the disease as they get older.

However, lead researcher Dr. Alastair Sutcliffe contends there’s no reason to believe that IVF contributes to cancer.

After conducting the biggest study of its kind, Sutcliffe says, “In a near 100 percent coverage of 106,000 children conceived with IVF, the rate of childhood cancer was almost identical to that of the naturally conceived children over the same time frame."

As of 2012, at least five million children worldwide were conceived via in vitro fertilization since 1978.

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