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Major Lung Cancer Advance: Yale Researchers Link Genetic Marker to Deadly Disease Onset

Oct. 16–Yale scientists have discovered a novel way to assess the risk of lung cancer in moderate smokers, promising new methods to diagnose, and possibly someday treat, the intractable disease, and other forms of cancer. The research, published in the Wednesday edition of the journal Cancer Research, identified a biological marker for lung cancer. “Only 10 percent of smokers will develop lung cancer in their lifetime, and genetic testing to determine the population of smokers who are most predisposed to develop the disease is needed to help guide better evaluation for these people,” said Dr. Joanne B. Weidhaas, assistant professor of therapeutic radiation at the Yale School of Medicine, and one of the study’s authors. By Abram Katz, New Haven Register, Conn.

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