Melanoma risk linked with IVF treatment and birth

Science Network, Western Australia, December 3, 2013

An observational study has found a link between melanoma and IVF treatment and birth that may be due to the increased hormone environment necessary for successful birth to those with fertility difficulties.

“Melanin-producing cells are known to be hormonally-responsive and the link between reproductive hormones and melanoma has been studied since the 1970s.

The incidence rate of melanoma increases with age in men and women, but it slows down in women following menopause.”

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