Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Cancer Breath?

New tool aims to detect cancer early in exhaled air.

Science Daily reports:
Early cancer detection can significantly improve survival rates. Current diagnostic tests often fail to detect cancer in the earliest stages and at the same time expose a patient to the harmful effects of radiation. Intrigued by the concept of using breath analysis to detect cancer, Dr. Patrick McCann saw an opportunity to use mid-infrared laser technology to help elucidate the relationship between specific gas phase biomarker molecules and cancer. He believes it is possible to develop easy-to-use detection devices for cancer, particularly for hard-to-detect cancers like lung cancer. READ MORE