COPD tied to higher lung cancer risk, study finds

12/20/2012 |

Having pneumonia and/or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease raises a person's risk of developing lung cancer, according to a study published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology. Researchers looked at data on 11,888 lung cancer cases in the U.K. and found that nearly 1 in 4 lung cancer patients had been previously diagnosed with COPD. The findings "highlight the need to consider a diagnosis of lung cancer when making new diagnoses of COPD or pneumonia," researchers said.

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