Study Links IVF to Ovarian Cancer

by | Feb 6, 2012 | Firm News, Medical Malpractice |

According to a study recently published in the journal Human Reproduction,
women who undergo procedures to stimulate egg growth for in vitro fertilization
(IVF) experience a high risk of ovarian cancer later in life.

By some estimates, women who were given IVF treatments were twice as likely
to develop cancer as women who were not involved in the fertilization

The study involved 19,000 women who received IVF and 6,000 who did not
during the 1980s and 1990s. 30 women in the IVF group developed invasive
ovarian cancer while 31 were diagnosed with borderline ovarian tumors.

Statistical Problems

Some question whether the sample size was adequate to allow researchers
to draw concrete conclusions. Furthermore, in many cases, the cancerous
tumors were merely borderline. Nevertheless, additional studies are needed
to discover the nature of the connection between IVF and ovarian cancer.

Misdiagnosis of Cancer

In addition to statistics, misdiagnosis of cancer presents an additional
issue with reporting cancer connections. Patient study incidents (PCIs)
show that failure to properly diagnose and treat in a timely fashion occurred
155 times out of 1000 in hospitalized patients.

With the alarming frequency of cancer misdiagnosis in hospitals, it’s
no wonder that these incidents lead to medical malpractice claims.

An Attorney Can Help

If you or a loved one has suffered injury because of a cancer misdiagnosis,
contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney. A medical malpractice
lawyer can assess your case and help you get the compensation for medical
bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering you deserve. For more information,
contact an attorney today.


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