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besaratinia photoHow does Secondhand Smoke Cause Lung Cancer?

Exposure to second-hand smoke (SHS) has been linked to lung cancer development. However, the extent to which lung cancer development can be influenced by SHS exposure is not fully determined. This is mainly due to a lack of accurate exposure assessment for SHS, which is essential for estimating the risk for lung cancer development. Dr. Ahmad Besaratinia and colleagues at the City of Hope are investigating the initial events involved in SHS-induced lung cancer to develop biological markers which can be used for assessing lung cancer risk in relation to SHS exposure. Unveiling the initiating events that cause lung cancer has tremendous public health relevance, as it can help define future strategies for early detection and prevention of this highly lethal disease.

Read more about these efforts at the City of Hope Share