Breath and urine tests offer early breast cancer detection hope

New research has found that tests on breath and urine can provide early indicators of breast cancer.

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Soroka University Medical Center in Israel have found they can use existing equipment to isolate breast cancer biomarkers using patient samples.

These include two electronic nose gas sensors found in breath and substances found in urine that can be detected using gas-chromatography mass spectrometry. 

Published in the journal Computers in Biology and Medicine, the research revealed that the studies of detectors in breath revealed cancer with 95 per cent accuracy, and the urine tests with 85 per cent reliability.

Professor Yehuda Zeiri from Ben-Gurion University's Department of Biomedical Engineering said the tests are vital to aid survival in patients, as early diagnosis enables tumours to be treated swiftly before the disease spreads.

"Our new approach utilising urine and exhaled breath samples, analysed with inexpensive, commercially available processes, is non-invasive, accessible and may be easily implemented in a variety of settings," he added.ADNFCR-2094-ID-801846483-ADNFCR