Breathalyzer for Lung Cancer Screening
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Distinguishing between tumors and benign growths in the lungs can require invasive testing, but in the future it could be as simple as exhaling. Dr. Michael Bousamra II at the University of Louisville School of Medicine conducted research on a breathalyzer device with a microchip designed to detect 4 compounds often found in elevated levels in lung cancer patients. In the study, patients with and without lung cancer would breathe into the device; lung cancer was accurately predicted if 3 of the 4 compounds were detected. While it isn't likely to diagnose cancer alone, it could be a valuable and non-invasive tool for differentiating between cancerous tumors and benign growths.
Testing for cancer is an invasive – not to mention frightening – process. Michael Bousamra II at the University of Louisville School of Medicine reported that he's had success in scanning exhalations for four cancer compounds that can distinguish between lung tumors and benign growths. MORE: ...
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