Urine Test Alerts Smokers With High Lung Cancer Risk

April 20, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A simple urine test could predict which smokers are destined to develop lung cancer, the number one cancer killer, but smokers need to quit to prevent the deadly cancerous tumors from sprouting in their smoker’s lungs. Scientists are hopeful that faced with the stark realities of the urine test, heavy smokers may be more likely to enter smoking-cessation programs and quit the unhealthy habit.

Head researcher Dr. Jian-Min Yuan of the University of Minnesota, conducted the study on two groups of heavy smokers, one group already developed lung cancer, while the other group was still cancer-free.

The results of the study showed that the patients with the highest levels of two biological markers in their urine, called NNAL and cotinine, were more likely to develop lung cancer. The latest statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control show that nearly 23 percent of adult Americans still smoke, with smokers accounting for an astonishing 87 percent of lung cancer cases.

Scientists say patients with markers in their urine showing a high lung cancer risk, could be targeted for more aggressive medical screening. But the problem is, medical science has not yet developed a reliable screening process to detect tumors in their very early stages.

The big takeaway from this study points to smoking cessation as the only way to prevent lung cancer. The urine tests may serve as another way to hit smokers over the head with the grim realities of lung cancer, perhaps scaring them to quit.

Scientists say the urine tests are several years away from being perfected.

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  1. Urine Test Alerts Smokers With High Lung Cancer Risk — Quit Smoking on April 20th, 2009 1:39 pm

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