Lung Cancer

Anti-diabetic drug may decrease lung cancer risk in nonsmokers

drugsWashington, Feb 2 - According to a new research, an anti-diabetic drug, metformin, may lower lung cancer risk in diabetic nonsmokers.

The research at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California, suggest that metformin may prevent cancer, but the data from human studies, however, are conflicting.

Metformin use was not associated with lower lung cancer risk overall, however, the risk was 43 percent lower among diabetic patients who had never smoked and the risk appeared to decrease with longer use.

Lung cancer can lie dormant for over 2 decades

lung cancerWashington, Oct 10 - A new study has revealed that lung cancers can lie dormant for over 20 years before suddenly turning into an aggressive form of the disease.

According to the study by cancer research UK on seven patients - including smokers, ex-smokers and never smokers , the first genetic mistakes that cause the cancer, can exist undetected for many years until new, additional, faults trigger rapid growth of the disease.

25 pc smokers with gene defect likelier to develop lung cancer

smokersWashington, June 2 - 25 percent of smokers who carry a defect in the BRCA2 gene would be developing lung cancer at some point in their lifetime, a large-scale, international study reveals.

The defect in BRCA2 - best known for its role in breast cancer - increases the risk of developing lung cancer by about 1.8 times.

Don't ignore persistent coughs, they can be 'lung cancer warning'

persistent coughsMelbourne, Nov 29 - An expert has claimed that unexplained coughs and chest infections should be taken seriously as they could be a sign of lung cancer.

According to cancer Australia CEO Professor Helen Zorbas, anyone with a cough that has lasted for three weeks or more should see a doctor, News. com. au reported.

Experimental drug could potentially treat lung cancer

lung cancerWashington, Nov 4 - An experimental drug that has shown promise in the treatment of melanoma has also shown early potential as an effective treatment for patients with non-small cell lung cancer.

Cancer-stricken Tony Greig ready to battle ''latest scrape in life''

Tony-GreigLondon, Oct. 21 : Former England captian and famous cricket commentator, Tony Greig has said that he is ready to battle the latest scrape in his life, after being diagnosed with a form of lung cancer.

Greig, 66, will undergo a biopsy later this week to determine at what stage the disease is at and what the required course of action would be.


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