Soon, breathalyser to detect lung cancer

Zee Media Bureau

Lung cancer is one of the world's biggest killers and the most common type of cancer.To tackle this menace, British scientists are developing a breathalyser device that can detect lung cancer in early stages even before patients start experiencing the symptoms.

"The intention is that we will catch patients before they start getting the symptoms. Once lung cancer patients start experiencing symptoms it is often very advanced and has a very low cure rate," said Dr Rachel Airley, the University of Huddersfield lecturer who developed the breath test project.

The project has received financial backing from Dr Philip Brown of the SG Court Group, a pharmacy chain based in the South East of England, where initial trials will be carried out.

"We are looking to be able to distinguish between patients with early lung cancer and patients who have maybe got bronchitis, emphysema or non-malignant smoking related disease...or who have maybe just got a cough," Airley said.

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