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Just 4% of young women treated for cancer take up fertility preservation services

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 26 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2336
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Only 4% of young women treated for cancer take steps to preserve their fertility shows a US study, which suggests that sociodemographic factors affect access to fertility preservation services.

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, surveyed 2532 women between the ages of 18 and 40 selected by random sampling from the California Cancer Registry. They included women with leukaemia, Hodgkin disease, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, breast cancer, and gastrointestinal cancers because these are common non-gynaecologic cancers that can be treated with systemic chemotherapy.

Fewer than two-thirds (61%) of the 1041 women who responded to the survey had been counselled on the risk …

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