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E! host Guiliana Rancic’s breast cancer diagnosis at age 36 was shocking, tragic, and horrific. After her two previous failed attempts at IVF, it was the third attempt that very well might have saved her life. It was during her doctor’s visits before her third IVF attempt that her fertility doctor sent her in for a mammogram, and that is when she learned of her breast cancer. Guiliana has no family history of breast cancer, and she has said in the past that she was dragged “kicking and screaming” to get that mammogram. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
The only reason she did it? Her fertility doctor told her he wouldn’t allow her to start her third round of IVF without it. Guiliana tried to convince her fertility doctor that she didn’t need to have the mammogram done after all. But, he told her:
“I don’t care if you’re 26 or 36, but I will not get you pregnant if possibly there’s a small risk that you have cancer because the hormones will accelerate cancer.”
That stubborn doctor’s advice very well might have saved Guiliana’s life.
It didn’t take long for the questions to begin to arise. Guiliana is a young, vibrant, healthy woman. So, could it be possible that her breast cancer is linked to her IVF? However, doctors say there is no hormonal connection between IVF and breast cancer. The only connection that we know of at this time is the age connection. That is, older women are the ones who normally need IVF, and older women are the ones who are at a higher risk for breast cancer. That is the only correlation and risk that doctors see at this time. While breast cancer in women under 40 only accounts for five percent of all cases, cancer in younger women can be faster growing, and therefore harder to treat.
Doctors have even gone as far as to say that women undergoing fertility treatments could even possibly have a LOWER risk of breast cancer than women who don’t have fertility treatments. When studies were done, women undergoing IVF were surprisingly at LOWER risk of breast and cervical cancer than their non-IVF counterparts. Plus, women undergoing IVF have many more tests, and health screenings to deal with than other women, so their cancer is detected much earlier and more often. As in Guiliana’s case, if she didn’t have those fertility treatments done, she might not have ever found out about her cancer, until it was too late!