How exciting that scientists are working on a breath test for early detection of breast, bowel, lung and prostrate cancers.
Until I read about the study, I never imagined that scientists were working on a new portable device, “an electronic nose,” with sensors that can detect chemicals from the above four types of cancer. It can distinguish between healthy and malignant breath.
A team at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel did the research. The team worked with only 177 volunteers of both healthy participants and patients with different cancers.
Much more research and larger studies need to be done. It will probably be several years before the breath test is available for use. I hope I’m around to see it happen. I would love to have a doctor hold that device to my nose and say, “Yvonne, congratulations. You have healthy breath.”