A study involving over 25,000 people has found that people who have previously experienced lung disease could be at a higher risk of developing lung cancer.
The research, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, was an analysis of seven studies that included self-reported data on participants’ current and previous lung health. The researchers focused on five diseases in particular: chronic bronchitis and emphysema (both often classed as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD); tuberculosis (TB); pneumonia; and asthma.
They found that people who had previously had chronic bronchitis or emphysema were more likely to go on to develop lung cancer. In addition, they noted a link between lung cancer and recent pneumonia (two or fewer years prior to the lung cancer diagnosis).
People who have experienced a combination of chronic bronchitis, emphysema and pneumonia were also found to be at a particular higher risk of lung cancer.
The researchers hope that these findings could lead to improved monitoring for cancer of people with these lung diseases.
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