Lung cancer research may soon be able to incorporate a new scientific discovery about
the genetic causes of the disease.
Researchers at Seoul National University in South Korea found that two genes
can fuse together to create a hybrid gene which can bring about the onset of
tumours in a patient.
"We showed that genome sequencing technology could reveal a previously
hidden cause of human cancer, which can be used as a therapeutic target for
personal cancer therapy," said the report's senior author Dr Jeong-Sun
The findings could be significant as doctors explained that even though
smoking is the causative factor in the majority of lung cancer cases, nearly
one in four patients have never used tobacco.
According to Cancer Research UK, lung cancer is the second most common form
of the disease in the UK, with smoking killing more than five times the amount
of people that road accidents, murders and suicides are responsible for each
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Cancer treatment news : 31 December 2011