Breath Test May Spot Lung Cancer

Breath Test May Spot Lung Cancer

lungThere is a new breathalyzer that can detect lung cancer and assess whether it is early or advanced.  

According to findings at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago, “Cancer cells not only have a different and unique smell or signature, you can even discriminate between subtypes and determine disease burden,” said Dr. Nir Peled.  Doctors will be able to test for lung cancer in a non traumatic way.

Lung cancer is the top killer in the United States and when people don’t get an early diagnosis it can be deadly.  The breathalyzer is cheaper and easier to use with patients.  The device accurately detected lung cancer in four out of five cases.  

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