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Researchers develop breathalyser test for lung cancer detection.

M2 PHARMA-June 20, 2014-Researchers develop breathalyser test for lung cancer detection

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20 June 2014 - Israeli, US and UK researchers have developed a breathalyser test that is able to accurately diagnose lung cancer and identify its stage of progression.

The test, integrating a NaNose nanotech chip, detects the unique signature of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in exhaled breath. VOCs are chemicals produced by lung cancer tumours.

Findings from a study, involving 358 patients who were either diagnosed with or at risk for lung cancer, showed that the test accurately distinguished healthy people from patients with early-stage lung cancer in 85% of the time, as well as healthy individuals from those with advanced lung cancer in 82% of the cases. Furthermore, the device accurately differentiated early from advanced lung cancer in 79% of the time.

US firm Alpha Szenszor has licensed the technology and intends to commercially launch it over the next few years.

A new, smaller version of the test, able to be plugged into a computer's USB port, has also been developed.

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