A new test has been developed for the smokers which will help them in detecting the risk of cancer. The test has been designed by Auckland University Associate Professor of Medicine and Molecular Genetics, Robert Young.
Dr. Young says that the test would help in detecting whether the smokers have a moderate, high or very high risk of cancer. The test would be easily available through pharmacies.
The test was developed by taking a swab from a smoker's mouth, which was analyzed for genetic risk factors. The study conducted by Dr. Young and his colleagues has found that 32% of the smokers had stopped smoking after taking the test.
Dr. Young says that a large number of smokers were surprised that they had lung cancer. Most of them did not realize that smoking was the cause behind it.
He added that the government should also consider making the test. The test may also help the people in stop smoking. The test had a cost price of $150 and is available on prescription.