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Are certain types of lung cancer more likely to be inherited?

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Genes are more likely to cause some types of lung cancer than others. For example, about 60% of people with lung adenocarcinomas have certain gene mutations.

From: Is Lung Cancer Genetic? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Lung Cancer Risks for Non-Smokers," "What Causes Lung Cancer?"

American Lung Association: "What Causes Lung Cancer."

Annals of Oncology : "Fruits, vegetables and lung cancer risk: A systematic review and meta-analysis."

Genetics Home Reference: "Lung Cancer."

Oncology Letters : "Familial Risk for Lung Cancer."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Lung Cancer Genomic Testing (EGFR, KRAS, ALK)."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Lung Cancer: Screening."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 17, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Lung Cancer Risks for Non-Smokers," "What Causes Lung Cancer?"

American Lung Association: "What Causes Lung Cancer."

Annals of Oncology : "Fruits, vegetables and lung cancer risk: A systematic review and meta-analysis."

Genetics Home Reference: "Lung Cancer."

Oncology Letters : "Familial Risk for Lung Cancer."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Lung Cancer Genomic Testing (EGFR, KRAS, ALK)."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Lung Cancer: Screening."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 17, 2019

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