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Developing test to warn smokers of cancer danger

WASHINGTON (AP) - Scientists may have found a way to tell which smokers are at highest risk of developing lung cancer. It involves measuring a telltale genetic change inside their windpipes.

A test based on the research is being developed in hopes of detecting the deadly cancer earlier, when it's more treatable. If it turns out to be a success, researchers may next be able to find out if it's possible to reverse the genetic chain reaction before it becomes cancer.

The research led by a doctor at the Boston University School of Medicine appears in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

 

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