Until now, scientists have been puzzled as to why lung cancer is one of the hardest malignancies to treat. Findings show that there are multiple mutations which occur very slowly, yet simultaneously in different parts of the same tumor. This means that by the time the cancer has been detected, the malignancy has become genetically diverse, and thus harder to treat with the medications we currently have available. This is especially true because current diagnostic tools do not detect growths until they reach a certain size. New approaches to detecting lung cancer at an earlier stage are now being explored in order for actions to be taken sooner. How do you talk to your patients about the risks of lung cancer? What do you recommend in terms of prevention?
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