Link between fertility drugs and breast cancer?


Question from Elyse: Is it possible that the late Elizabeth Edwards exposed herself to a much higher risk of contracting cancer when she took hormones to boost her child-bearing efforts (for two children she later had) at age 47 and age 50? Are there any statistics that show a link between women taking fertility drugs and higher breast cancer rates? Thanks.
Answers - Eric Winer, M.D. I am not aware of convincing data that would indicate that fertility drugs increase a woman's risk of breast cancer.

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