Study: Electronic Nose Sniffs Out Lung, Head and Neck Cancers

by: cancercompass

According to a new study published in the British Journal of Cancer, a device known as Nanoscale Artificial Nose (NA-NOSE) was able to distinguish between patients with head and neck cancer, lung cancer, and those who are cancer-free. It can do so by using  a breath test.

The study further claims that head and neck cancers are often diagnosed late due to a lack of screening methods, but the NA-NOSE was able to showcase strong differences in the chemical makeup of the participants’ breath.

"There's an urgent need to develop new ways to detect head-and-neck cancer because diagnosis of the disease is complicated, requiring specialist examinations," lead researcher, Professor Hossam Haick, told BBC News. "We've shown that a simple 'breath test' can spot the patterns of molecules which are found in head-and-neck patients in a small, early study. We now need to test these results in larger studies to find if this could lead to a potential screening method for the disease."

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