Smells like cancer

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Imagine walking into your local doctor’s office, undergoing a breath test, and finding out whether you may have cancer. Now that’s some radical technology – and it’s already in development. 


This study from the British Journal of Cancer looks at using an array of nanosensors to detect certain organic compounds that only occur with cancer, with this study specifically looking at lung, colon and prostate cancer. Not only could the array detect cancer vs. non-cancerous breath, it could even differentiate types of cancer. 


Non-invasive, widely available and portable – it’s only in the early stages, but if this develops well, it is going to be massive. Keep a close eye on this one and read up the original article here






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