Gene mutation may help predict lung cancer survival in nonsmokers

Researchers say they’ve identified a gene mutation that’s associated with a higher risk of lung cancer in women who do not smoke, but a better chance of survival in female and male lung cancer patients.

The mutation, which occurs in a gene that protects cells from oxidative stress, is found four times more often in women than in men, according to the study published Sept. 11 in the journal PLoS One.

The researchers analyzed the DNA of lung cancer patients in Japan and found that nonsmoking women with two copies of the -617A mutation in the NFR2 gene had a much higher incidence of lung cancer than nonsmoking men.

Read the full, original story here: “Gene Mutation May Help Predict Lung Cancer Survival in Nonsmokers 

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