Hispanic patients 'more likely to survive lung cancer'

23 April 2012

New research has suggested that Hispanics are more likely to experience positive results from their lung cancer treatment than white or black patients.

Ali Saeed, an MD/PhD candidate, and Brian Lally, of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, came to this conclusion following a study of 172,398 adult patients who had been diagnosed with the disease between 1988 and 2007.

In the results, Hispanic patients were 15 per cent less likely to die from lung cancer than white people suffering from the disease.

Hispanics may have a greater chance of fighting off the illness due to the fact that there are more likely to contract bronchioalveolar carcinoma lung cancer – a less serious or life-threatening form of the condition.

Mr Saeed commented: "Our findings will motivate researchers and physicians to understand why Hispanics have more favourable outcomes and may shed light on potential environmental factors and/or genetic factors that can explain our observations."

The research comes soon after Cancer Research UK found that the number of known lung cancer cases has jumped from 8,000 diagnoses in 1975 to 18,000 during 2009.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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