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  1. Genetic Key to Lung Cancer Drug Success Found

    April 30, 2004 -- A new discovery may soon allow doctors to target lung cancer therapy based on a person's genetic profile. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., and until now no effective treatments have been available for the disease. A recently approved drug, Iressa, is th

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  2. Air Pollution May Up Lung Cancer Risk

    Dec. 3, 2003 -- City air can kill you: A new study shows decades of breathing air pollution may increase the risk of lung cancer. It's more evidence that carcinogens in urban air are toxic to our long-term health, writes researcher Per Nafstad, PhD, with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. His

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  3. Lung Cancer Risk Double in Women

    Dec. 1, 2003 -- Women smokers are twice as likely to develop lung cancer as men smokers, say researchers. They found that lung cancer risk among women was double that of men, independent of how much they smoked, says researcher Claudia I. Henschke, MD, PhD in a news release. "There is as yet no clea

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  4. Lung Cancer Surgery Myths May Delay Care

    Oct. 6, 2003 -- Myths about lung cancer surgery may prevent many people from receiving potentially life-saving treatment for what is said to be the deadliest form of cancer. A new study shows that nearly 40% of lung cancer patients said they believed exposing lung cancer to the air during surgery pr

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  5. Global Smoking Deaths Approach 5 Million

    Sept. 11, 2003 -- More people than ever are dying of smoking-related causes, and for the first time, smoking deaths in developing countries equal those seen in the industrialized world. There were nearly 5 million smoking deaths in the year 2000, with the majority -- roughly one third -- due to hear

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  6. Clinical Trials Costly but May Save Lives

    Aug. 26, 2003 -- Clinical trials -- though more expensive than conventional treatment -- may be true lifesavers. Lung cancer patients in a series of clinical trials lived longer than patients who underwent traditional therapy, a recent study shows. Oftentimes, patients wanting to participate in clin

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  7. New Method Detects Early Lung Cancer

    Aug. 21, 2003 -- A new lung cancer screening method that combines two types of imaging techniques may help detect early lung cancers in people at high risk for the deadly disease, such as heavy smokers. A new study shows the method, which combines spiral computed tomography (CT) and positron emissio

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  8. Secondhand Smoke Study Raises Ire

    May 15, 2003 -- A controversial new study that questions the health risks of being exposed to secondhand smoke -- a factor often said to contribute to some 50,000 American deaths each year -- has outraged some health officials. The new study, to be published in the May 17 issue of the British Medica

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  9. Smog Report: Half of U.S. Still Flunks

    May 1, 2003 -- Smog threatens the health of nearly half of all Americans, according to the American Lung Association's State of the Air 2003 report. The report examines air quality data for 1999-2001, the most recent data from the EPA. It ranks air quality for ozone pollution. Los Angeles holds on t

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  10. Lung Cancer Runs in the Family

    April 11, 2003 - Smokers whose parents or siblings have lung cancer appear to face much higher risks of developing lung cancer themselves. A new study suggests that genes may play a role in raising the risk of lung cancer. Smoking is the single largest risk factor for lung cancer, but researchers sa

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