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Stomach cancer now spotted by breath test


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Nigeria

Date: 18th, MARCH, 2013

A quick and simple breath test can diagnose stomach cancer, a study findings reveal.

Scientists from Israel and China found the test was 90 percent accurate at detecting and distinguishing cancers from other stomach complaints in 130 patients.

At present, doctors diagnose stomach cancer by taking a biopsy of the stomach lining using a probe and a flexible camera passed via mouth and down the gullet.

The science behind the test itself is not new as many researchers have been working on the possibility of breath tests for a number of cancers, including lung.

But the work by Prof Hossam Haick, of the Israel Institute of Technology, suggests it is a good way to spot stomach cancer.

The new test looks for chemical profiles in exhaled breath that are unique to patients with stomach cancer.

Cancer appears to give off a signature smell of volatile organic compounds that can be detected using the right technical medical kit – and perhaps even dogs.

As well as accurately distinguishing between these conditions, the breath test could tell the difference between early and late-stage stomach cancers.

The team is now running a bigger study in more patients to validate their test.

Researchers say that the results of this latest study are promising, although large scale trials will now be needed to confirm these findings.

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