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Stomach Cancer Can be Discovered by a Breath Test

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Stomach Cancer Can be Discovered by a Breath Test

Great number of people are suffering cancer from various types of cancer around the globe. This deadly disease increases day by day. Many types of cancers cannot understand from its early stage. People show signs and symptoms in later staged and many die from this. The causes of the cancer are Tobacco use, obesity, certain infections, environmental pollutants, exposure to ionizing radiation, poor diet, lack of physical activity and drinking alcohol.

These are risk factors. We can avoid occurrence of cancer by not smoking, not drinking too much alcohol, not eating too much processed and red meat, vaccination against certain infectious diseases, eating plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding too much sunlight exposure etc. There is a simple breath test which measures the level of compounds in the breath that can point to cancer risk. 

Now a modern study proves that we can identify cancer in the stomach and oesophagus with great per cent accuracy by a simple breath testing. This is proved by team of scientists, who collected the breath samples of 335 people from University College London Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital, Royal Marsden Hospital, London, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

They used gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GCMS) – a technology measures the levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in exhaled breath. As per their study, they identified 130 VOCs in participants’ exhaled breath. The method achieved 73% sensitivity, 98% specificity and 92% accuracy. This is one of the best way of detecting the cancer in the stomach. The test is yet to be available in hospitals. Once this is introduced, this will be a great help for many and can save life by taking proper treatment.

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