Childhood leukaemia linked with IVF drugs

A conference in London will today hear from academics that drugs used to aid fertility could more than double the risk of children developing leukaemia.

Childhood lukemia

by Louise-Anne Geddes, Mindful Mum, 24th April 2012

The Childhood Cancer 2012 Conference is bringing together a number of different speakers from a wide range of specialist research disciplines on ‘aspects of childhood cancer, and early exposures’. The Conference, which takes place on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th April 2012 will hear from French researchers that they believe that a link exists between ‘ovarian stimulation drugs’ and two types of childhood leukaemia.

Not peer reviewed

The research was led by Dr Jeremie Rudant from of the Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health, INSERM, Villejuif, France, and examined data from 764 French children diagnosed with acute leukaemia and 1,681 children who had not. The study was significantly larger than any conducted before, and Rudant says that more research is needed to closely investigate the links. The study, ‘Use of fertility treatments and childhood acute leukaemia: the ESCALE study’ is to be presented to the conference at 5pm today but has not yet been published in a peer reviewed journal.

Source: The Childhood Cancer 2012 Conference, Conference programme, 24th April 2012.

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