Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in Minnesota, the United States and the world. Each year more than one million people are diagnosed with lung cancer and almost as many die from it.
Most cases of lung cancer are caused by cigarette or second-hand smoking. However, until recently there has been no way of telling why one smoker would develop lung cancer and another would not.
A study conducted last year by Jian-Min Juan, a tobacco researcher in the Masonic Cancer Center, aimed to do just that. From the results of that research, Dr. Juan and his team were able to identify which smokers were at high risk for developing lung cancer by the amount of cancer-causing compounds excreted through their urine.
Where does the research go from here? In this podcast episode of Health Talk and You, Dr. Juan, our guest, will explain the unique role nicotine plays in cigarette addiction, the causal relationship between tobacco and lung cancer, and what his research findings mean and how they can help the lung cancer prevention process for smokers at risk.
-- Nick Hanson and Laura Wallenta