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Research into causes and prevention of lung cancer

This page tells you about research into the causes and prevention of lung cancer. There is information about

 

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Researching the causes and prevention of lung cancer 

We know that smoking causes most cases of lung cancer. Researchers are looking into why people smoke and how to help them give up. We are also looking at how to stop young people from taking up smoking in the first place.

Researchers are looking into other causes of lung cancer. This includes research into diet and exercise (physical activity).

Some researchers are trying to find gene changes that may cause lung cancer.

Cancer Research UK supports a lot of this research. You can find out about lung cancer trials on the Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials database.

 

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Researching causes and prevention of lung cancer

We know that smoking causes most cases of lung cancer. Researchers are looking into the psychological issues around smoking.

Researchers are also looking into other possible causes of lung cancer. This includes research into diet and exercise (physical activity).

Some researchers are trying to find gene changes that may cause lung cancer.

Cancer Research UK is supporting a lot of this research.

 

Smoking and lung cancer

We are closely involved with research into why people smoke and how to help them give up. One research team has been looking at combining anti depressant medicines with nicotine replacement. We are also looking at how to stop young people from taking up smoking in the first place.

 

Diet, lifestyle and lung cancer

A large research study across Europe is looking for links between diet and cancer. It is called EPIC (The European Prospective Investigation of Cancer). The study is producing reports on diet and lifestyle and various cancers. It will carry on for the next 10 to 25 years. The researchers have so far reported that eating more fruit may help to reduce the risk of getting lung cancer. But giving up smoking is by far the best way of reducing your risk.

Normal cells become cancer cells because the genes inside them are damaged. In most cases of lung cancer, smoking causes this gene damage. Cancer Research UK is supporting trials to look at why not all smokers get cancer. If we know more about the genes that are damaged, it may help to prevent lung cancer in the future.

Cancer Research UK's gene research includes finding out

  • About the p53 gene and how it is changed in lung cancer
  • About the sNRSF gene in the development of small cell lung cancer
  • Whether other genes are involved in the development of lung cancer
  • How our genes determine how tobacco smoke affects our lungs
  • If our genetic make up affects whether we will smoke and how easy we find it to stop
 

More information about lung cancer causes

We have information about the risks and causes of lung cancer in this section.

You can find out about lung cancer trials on the Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials database

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Updated: 10 November 2014