On the 23rd of August 2019, one of our UK members announced that it will fund research by the UCL to stop lung cancer progression at the earliest stage.
Currently, early detection is difficult as even CT screening tends to miss early Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) lesions, which appear as small nodules.
For 12 years, Professors Sam Janes and Dr Jeremy George have been observing 120 patients with lesions of varying severity.
They claim to have ‘identified what crucial changes to cell protein levels that occur just before a precancerous lesion becomes a cancer… and use this information to develop new strategies of early detection and possibly chemoprevention.’
Lung Cancer is the deadliest cancer in the world and detection needs to improve, by understanding how normal lung airways cells become pre-cancerous, and in turn full blown cancer cells.