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Cheek swab can detect early signs of cancer, study indicates

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 18 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2644
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

DNA damage caused by smoking can be detected in cheek swab samples, a study published in JAMA Oncology concludes.1

Researchers from University College London analysed buccal samples from 790 women all born in 1946 and 152 matched blood samples from the Medical Research Council’s National Survey of Health and Development. Smoking history and smoking status were also collected.

They found that buccal cells in women who had …

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