Researchers are reportedly developing a test designed to warn smokers of lung cancer risks.
Washington (WiredPRNews.com) – New testing is in the works designed to warn smokers about associated risks, and may possibly aid in the reversal of reactions that may lead to cancer. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), researchers may be able to assess lung cancer risks of smokers using a genetic windpipe change, and are developing testing to facilitate earlier detection.
Dr. Avrum Spira of Boston University School of Medicine, who headed the research, is quoted by the AP as stating of the findings for test participants who were given an experimental drug, “They’re heading toward lung cancer, and we can identify them with this genomic test.”
More information about the research may be found in Wednesday’s publication of the Science Translational Medicine journal.
As noted in the report, approximately 160,000 people in the U.S. died from lung cancer last year.
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