Health Alert 12-6: Detecting Colon Cancer

By: Angela Howard
By: Angela Howard

A small study suggests a test of the chemicals in your breath may be able to detect colon cancer. Currently the tests used to screen for colon cancer is a colonoscopy.

Now a study of seventy-eight people with and without colon cancer has found that those with the disease tended to have a distinct pattern of chemicals in their breath. When researchers analyzed the breath samples, they correctly identified colon cancer patients seventy-six percent of the time.

The test is in its very early stages and won't be available in your doctor's office anytime in the near future. Findings appear online in the "British Journal of Surgery."

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