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Date:9/5/2007

ess modern technology to get a jump on lung cancer diagnoses.

"This is an attempt to look inside the cell at a very early genetic change level to get useful insights into the damage that's been done and the risk that is associated with it," he said. "It's an extension of a series of screening studies ongoing for decades to catch cancer at a very early stage, so it can be cured by surgery or surgery plus chemotherapy.

"It's also further strong evidence that not smoking is one of the major things that people can do to protect themselves from lung cancer," Winton added. "Because the message here is that smoking leads to genetic abnormalities, which go on to lead potentially to cancer. And very few people that do not smoke get lung cancer."

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For additional information on lung cancer, visit the American Cancer Society.



SOURCES: Wilbur A. Franklin, M.D., professor, pathology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Aurora; Timothy Winton, M.D., associate professor, surgery, and division director, thoracic surgery, University of Alberta and University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Canada; September 2007 American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine


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