Biological Mechanisms Link Smoking, Lung Cancer and Ethnicity – Professor Stephen Hecht and Colleagues

Dec 14, 2018 | health and medicine

Cigarette smoking is a leading cause of cancer globally. Dr Stephen Hecht and co-workers at the University of Minnesota are investigating the substances present in cigarette smoke and in the urine and saliva of cigarette smokers that contribute to lung cancer. In a collaborative study with scientists at the University of Southern California and the University of Hawaii, they are studying the ways in which different ethnic groups take up, break down and detoxify these chemicals, leading to different levels of cancer-causing metabolites in the blood and varying rates of lung cancer.