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Does Saliva Hold Info on Lung Cancer?


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Rocky Mountain News

November 21, 2006

Researchers at the University of Colorado Cancer Center are collecting spit to see if saliva holds information that can be used in screening for lung cancer.

Dr. Glen Weiss, chief fellow of hematology/medical oncology at the center, received funding from the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer to conduct the pilot study.

Samples of saliva will be collected from healthy people who are current or former smokers, and from those who never smoked.

The samples will be compared between healthy participants and those with lung cancer to identify alterations in genes that may indicate lung cancer.

If differences are found, researchers will work to define consistent genetic markers that could be used for routine saliva screening for lung cancer.

Individuals between the ages of 50 and 79 with varied smoking histories are invited to apply to participate in the study. Forty-eight participants will be asked to provide a saliva sample.

Call DeLee Peake, clinical research associate, at 303-372-9360 for more information.

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