Lung cancer 'colour breath test'
Editor's Note: Thanks to Alan for posting this story, which highlights a great potential for quicker, easier, and cheaper ways to detect cancer. Now if only they could figure out a way to cure it in a similar manner...
US scientists have devised a colour test which shows up unique chemical changes in the breath of people with lung cancer.
The hues of a series of 36 dots detect lung cancer accurately in just under three out of four people with the disease, the researchers told Thorax.
The concept of a "gas fingerprint" for lung cancer is not new, but the kit is.
The sensor, which is slightly bigger than a quarter dollar or a two pound coin, is inexpensive and easy to use.
It could revolutionise the way cancer is detected and potentially save lives, say the Cleveland Clinic doctors.