Lung Cancer Can Be Detected Through Exhaled Breath

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Early detection of certain diseases is very significant in order to help prolong the life of an individual and have good treatment outcomes. This is because when certain diseases, especially those complicated diseases which progress quickly, were detected during its severe stage, then it can actually result to complicated treatment modalities, and even poor prognosis. On the other hand, when a certain disease has been detected earlier where complications have not set in yet, there could be possibility to have good treatment outcomes and simple treatment options. For this reason, many researchers and health care professionals are investing their time and effort in finding out a way on how to quickly and accurately diagnose a person who is having a certain disease.

In fact, a new sensor has been discovered to actually diagnose a person of having lung cancer just simply through the use of exhaled breath.

The development of this new mechanism of diagnosing lung cancer paved way for easier, cost-effective and accurate way of diagnosing a person of having lung cancer. This is aside from the fact that the diagnosis of certain malignancies such as the lung cancer actually involves many tests and laboratory exams in order to confirm diagnosis. This long process then lead to longer span of time where an individual has to wait for the results and additional financial burden. For this reason, many individuals choose not to go to hospitals and have them screened for lung cancer, until such time that they are already experiencing the severity of the symptoms of the said disease.

The new technology works by detecting certain the presence of certain tumor markers in the breath of a person. These tumor markers will be detected by the biosensors which will then lead to the diagnosis of lung cancer during the earlier stage of the disease.

The new sensor was a product of collaboration of Tecnalia, Instituto de Tecnologías Químicas Emergentes de La Rioja (Inter-Química) and the University of Perpignan (France).

Moreover, the new device can actually diagnose certain diseases which affect the lungs. This can then now lead to a faster and rapid way of diagnosing patients at the earlier stage of their disease. Also, this can result to a prompt and necessary medical intervention which can boost the improvement of the prognosis and health outcomes of treatment.





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