Association Between Pulmonary Mycobacterium Avium Complex Infection and Lung Cancer
Journal of Thoracic Oncology, 08/20/2012
Lande L et al. – The percentage of smokers among women with both Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) and lung cancer was lower than among the lung cancer control group who did not grow MAC. The presence of MAC in respiratory cultures of lung cancer patients was particularly associated with squamous cell carcinomas located in the periphery of the lung. Because MAC typically affects distal airways, this possible association between MAC infection and lung cancer warrants further study.