Turns out a breath test can be made useful for larger causes than just alcohol detection. Scientists have discovered that by doing a breath test, diseases such as stomach and oesophagus cancer can be detected easily, early on.
In cancer, early detection is crucial. When diagnostic tests are expensive, the number of people detecting the disease early on becomes smaller. And unfortunately so. Studies have found that the early you detect cancer, the higher your chances of survival are.
Stomach cancer detection with non invasive procedures
Now scientists (European Cancer Organization) have developed a cheap and non-invasive test that will measure the levels of five chemicals in human breath to detect cancers of the oesophagus and stomach with up to 85 per cent accuracy.
Also, in this new study, the team collected breath samples from about 335 people at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust; University College London Hospital; and the Royal Marsden Hospital, London. 163 of these patients had been diagnosed with stomach or esophageal cancer and 172 showed no evidence of cancer when they had an endoscopy.
This means that it is a viable and pretty accurate way of detecting stomach cancer. Being inexpensive, it should be a boon to cancer patients and doctors alike for detection and treatment of cancer alike.
Here’s hoping that scientists be able to develop ways to commercially make this viable and the technique goes mainstream.
Source – Science Daily