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Raise Awareness for Egg Freezing During October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. West Coast Fertility Centers in affiliation with Frozen Egg Bank, Inc. encourage all young breast cancer patients who want to have children in the future discuss fertility preservation by egg freezing with their oncologists.

It is important to select a Center who has experience with egg freezing and thawing with live baby births from frozen eggs. The advanced LANDA Technology developed by Dr. David Diaz and Antoine La has yielded nearly 70 live baby births from egg freezing. While many fertility centers may offer egg freezing, they don’t necessarily have any live baby births to prove that they can freeze your eggs successfully to produce a baby in the future.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, aside from skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the United States this year. Today, there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States. (source: www.nbcam.org)

The gonadotoxic effects of chemotherapeutic drugs are known to potentially lead to infertility due to chromosomal effects in the oocyte (eggs). By harvesting and freezing before the start of cancer treatment, the unfertilized oocytes can be stored indefinitely and thawed when clearance is given to attempt pregnancy. This is especially important in young, single females interested in having their own biologic child.

West Coast Fertility Centers helps by reducing some of the costs of egg freezing while working closely with Fertile Hope, a non-profit organization that offers emotional support to cancer patients. Our industry partner, EMD Serono, provides free medications t our patients. This helps make egg freezing more affordable to these patients whose medical treatments may pose a risk of infertility.