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Ground-breaking new breath test for stomach cancer being researched

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A new breath test designed to diagnose two deadly types of cancers has been developed by scientists from three major London hospitals.[1]

The test, which could detect early signs of stomach and esophageal cancer, is 90% accurate and provides results in minutes according to the studies. Results can take up to four to six hours to process using other methods.

The test could save the NHS £145 million because it’s cheaper, faster and easier to perform than other methods, according to the researchers.

Patients exhale into a device similar to a breathalyser which analyses compounds that detect the cancer.

Stomach and esophageal cancer accounts for 15% of all cancer deaths worldwide, and are commonly diagnosed at a late stage.

Professor George Hanna, lead author of the study and Director of NIHR-Diagnostic Evidence Cooperatives at Imperial College London, said: “Esophageal and gastric cancers are on the rise in the UK with more than 16,000 new cases diagnosed each year.”

“The current method for detecting these cancers is expensive, invasive and a diagnosis is usually made at a late stage and often the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.”

[1] http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/news_23-6-2015-9-40-47

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