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According to a study published in the journal Gynecologic Oncology, women who undergo IVF treatments may be at increased risk of borderline ovarian tumors. The study was completed by researchers from The University of Western Australia.

Researchers investigated an entire population of women seeking infertility care between 1982 and 2002. The exact number of women seeking assisted reproduction help was not revealed in the study abstract. All the women were between 20 and 44 years of age when help was sought.

Researchers took several factors into account before revealing the final connection, including parity, socio-economic status, age and diagnosis of conditions that could affect fertility.

Based on the number of women diagnosed with borderline ovarian tumors, women undergoing IVF treatment were 2.46 times more likely to develop borderline ovarian tumors than women who did not undergo IVF treatment. Researchers claim the risk factors for borderline ovarian tumors are different than those associated with invasive ovarian cancer.

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