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Fertility Drugs Can 'More Than Double The Chances Of Childhood Leukemia'

24/04/2012 12:21 | Updated 22 May 2015
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Scary new research has revealed fertility drugs can more than double the chances of childhood leukemia.

A French study found that children born to mothers who took ovary-stimulating drugs were 2.6 times more likely to develop the most common childhood leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

They also had a 2.3 fold increased risk of suffering the rarer form of the disease, acute myeloid leukemia (AML), the researchers claimed.

The findings further revealed that youngsters conceived naturally after women waited over a year to get pregnant had a 50 of all live births in 2007 a result of fertility treatment, compared with just 0.5% in 1992. Despite a significant increase in risk, the actual number of children developing leukemia after their mothers undergo fertility treatment remains very small. Only 400 cases of childhood leukemia are diagnosed in UK each year. Three-quarters of those are acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which is most common in children between the ages of one and four, and affects more boys than girls.

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