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Lung Cancer in East Asians

Lung cancer is another leading cause of death in East Asia, especially in China. According to a study released by the National Institute of Health (NIH), in 2015 there were 610,000 deaths.  However, 25% of the individuals affected were non-smokers. Non-smokers are often diagnosed with adenocarcinomas which originate from oncogenic drivers. Oncogenic drivers are mutations that are responsible for the initiation and preservation of cancer. A meta-analysis of thirteen studies delineated data explaining lung cancer in non-smokers. With 3,596 women suffering from lung cancer and 6,082 healthy controls, this analysis validated the positive correlation between cooking oil fumes and lung cancer in Chinese women. This data may help US clinicians diagnose lung cancer in Asian Americans.

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