Lung cancer has been the most common cancer type for several decades with a low survival rate worldwide. Smoking is the most important risk factor for lung cancer, which accounts for 80-90 % of all lung cancer cases. Due to the declining trend in smoking, other lifestyle factors may become important for the incidence of lung cancer.
Using HUNT data, researchers are implementing statistical methods to discover disease-causing genetic variants.
Researchers discovered over 140 genetic changes associated with atrial fibrillation, a common, adult-onset cardiac arrhythmia. The results were surprising in that they also identified a number of genes that control heart development in the fetus.