21 June 2021

Dr Kotryna Temcinaite, Senior Research Communications Manager at Breast Cancer Now, said:

“Each year around 55,000 UK women get the terrible news that they have breast cancer. We urgently need to learn more about what factors contribute to someone’s risk of developing the disease and stop women dying from breast cancer.

“Previously it was unclear whether fertility drugs affect breast cancer risk, and we do receive calls to our Helpline from women who are concerned that their breast cancer has been caused by fertility treatment. While this analysis of existing published studies does provide welcome reassurance that fertility treatment is unlikely to increase breast cancer risk, further long-term and detailed studies are now needed to confirm these findings.

“Anyone seeking breast cancer information and support can speak to our expert nurses by calling our free Helpline on 0808 800 6000.”

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