Published: 08-05-2018 14:16 | Updated: 08-05-2018 15:26

Dissertation 1 June 2018: Frida E. Lundberg

On Friday June 1, Frida Lundberg will defend her thesis "Impact of infertility and assisted reproductive technology on cancer risk". Dr Louise M. Stewart from the Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, Australia, will act as her opponent. Frida's supervisors are Anastasia Iliadou Nyman, Anna L.V. Johansson, Kenny Rodriguez-Wallberg and Kristina Gemzell Danielsson.

Frida's thesis includes four studies and aimed to investigate if ovarian stimulation may alter mammographic density (study I), if the use of ART influences the risk of breast cancer (study II), borderline ovarian tumors (BOT) or ovarian cancer (study III), and if infertility is associated with the risk of breast, ovarian or endometrial cancer (study IV). In conclusion, the findings suggest that infertile women have a higher risk of ovarian and endometrial cancer, but not breast cancer. ART treatments do not seem to influence the risk of breast cancer. The risk of ovarian cancer and borderline ovarian tumors may be slightly higher among women who have given birth following ART, although this need to be investigated further since the results were based on a small number of exposed cases and may be confounded by the underlying causes of infertility.

Time and location: 09:00, June 1 2018 in the lecture hall Petrén, Nobels väg 12B, Karolinska Institutet, Solna