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Questions About Health Risk For Egg Donors

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New questions tonight about the safety of egg donations.

It's a popular way for many women to make money.

It also helps those who have trouble getting pregnant -- but is it really risk free for donors?

29-year-old Anna Cain is a free-lance writer who says she has made over $60, 000 over the past few years as an egg donor.

She's a proven donor responsible for three sets of twins.

Dr. Joel Batzofin is doing today's egg retrieval.

"Is egg donating essentially risk free as far as you're concerned?"

"As you said nothing is risk free. There's anesthesia, risk of the procedure, but I think the right answer is yes, its essentially risk free."

Dr. Jennifer Schneider is not so sure.

"The egg donors are not considered patients, they're considered more like vendors."

She worries there is no national egg donor registry to track what happens to donors. This exploding group of young women donating their eggs.  Her daughter, Jessica was a 3-time egg donor who died at 31 of colon cancer.

Dr. Schneider wonders if the repeated hormone injections fuel cancer in some way, even though studies suggest there is no proof infertility treatments cause cancer.

But we were shocked to discover there has never been -not  even one- long term study of egg donors.

"And it doesn't worry you there haven't been any good studies done following egg donors?"

"Not yet, not really."

Anna says she loves the idea there are so many little red-headed kids out there, who she helped create.

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