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Study may lead to private medical cover providers treating lung cancer differently when sufferers are non-smokers.

Published on 09/11/2010
A new study could lead to private medical cover providers and other healthcare bodies developing different treatments for lung cancer for smokers and non-smokers.

Researchers at the British Columbia Cancer Research Centre in Vancouver, Canada, have found that lung cancer tumours in smokers are genetically different from those in people who have never smoked.

This has raised the possibility of treatments being developed in the future designed to specifically target each form of the illness.

Scientists analysed the DNA of lung cancer tumours in 30 people who never smoked and compared them to tumours in 53 smokers or former smokers.

They discovered that tumours of people who had never smoked had twice as many DNA abnormalities as people who were current or former smokers, reports HealthDay News.

Researcher Kelsie Thu told the news provider: "This is suggesting there might be something different going on with tumours in never-smokers,"

"If we find out lung cancer in never-smokers is a different disease and we can identify what those differences are, maybe we can design specific therapies that target the genetic alterations in never-smokers and improve the prognosis."

It is estimated that around 86 per cent of lung cancer deaths in the UK are caused by tobacco smoking.
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