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U to investigate why African American smokers more likely to get lung cancer

Tobacco researchers at the University of Minnesota are teaming up with researchers at the University of Southern California and the University of Hawaii to determine why African Americans and Native Hawaiians are far more susceptible to getting lung cancer from cigarette smoking than other ethnic and racial groups.

The University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center’s Stephen Hecht will lead the five-year, $10.7 million National Cancer Institute-funded study. SPH professor and Cancer Center member Lisa Peterson is part of the research team. She is an expert in the chemical process by which tobacco carcinogens affect DNA.

Continue reading this story in Advances Magazine »

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