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Molecular Link Between Arsenic Exposure And Lung Cancer

Arsenic is a natural element in the environment, sometimes found in air, soil and water. Arsenic contaminated water is a global threat, currently affecting more than 100 million people. Both genetic and epigenetic changes drive arsenic-induced carcinogenesis and lung is one of the main consequences of this process.

Researchers from the have analyzed a panel of from a population exposed to arsenic. Victor Martinez, researcher at the , will share his latest research at the 5th on Lung Cancer.

“Lung tumors induced by arsenic are different molecular entities and specific therapeutic approaches should be considered,” Martinez says. “These results may help to prevent arsenic-related cancer in other parts of the world, such as USA and Canada, where exposure to arsenic (even at low levels) has been also linked with lung cancer and other diseases.”

Martinez will share the latest on his research at an abstract session today, Thursday, July 26 at 8 a.m. in the Louvre I room at the Windsor Barra Hotel.

The 5th Latin American Conference on Lung Cancer will highlight the latest in and tobacco control. Nearly 1,000 medical professionals will gather at the conference to discuss the latest and treatment. Lung cancer kills more than 1.5 million people each year worldwide. It is also among the most challenging cancers to treat. Yet, there is excitement and hope, thanks to new advances which are improving the chances of better outcomes.


International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer