This is the first time that I've posted here.
I was diagnosed in June with locally advanced breast cancer and following a mastectomy I'm now nearing the end of chemo. I have more surgery and radio to come and then 10 years of tamoxifen. The doctors are adopting what they call a 'belt and braces' approach.
However, the reason I'm posting here is not to do with the treatment, but with the cause.
I had five rounds of IVF between the ages of 41 and 44 and a year later I had a mammogram which revealed a massive tumour in my breast. It was so blatently obvious that at the time of the biopsy and before anything was even confirmed I was told that something was very abnormal and I would have to stop any further IVF treatments for a minimum of 2 years.
Why? I asked. Because going through IVF now is like putting kerosene on a fire said the radiologist.
I don't know for sure what caused the cancer, but I do know that round after round of IVF would have made any existing tumour worse (the small print on all the IVF drugs that I never read at the time, I later saw said 'Do NOT take if you have breast cancer') yet no one ever mentioned any risk.
I really want to find out more about the link between IVF and breast cancer and wondered if anyone has similar concerns, experiences or information they would like to share? It seems desperately important, yet when I ask doctors about the link I'm simply brushed off with a 'there's no conclusive evidence' line.