Breathalyzer Type Test May Detect Lung Cancer? [VIDEO]
9News is reporting about a new advancement in the detection of lung cancer.
A $75 five-minute test?
Could it be that simple?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, lung cancer is one of the deadliest cancers in both men and women; early detection is all but imperative for survival.
9News has a story about the company Metabolomx, which has developed a test where you breathe into a machine to see if you have the signs of lung cancer:
"It's a signature of the metabolic by products of growing cancer that is detectable in breath," said Dr. Paul Rhodes, CEO of Metabolomx
"We found that we can be in the 80 to 85 percent accuracy range at detecting lung cancer from the breath signature, that we were a little more accurate if we looked for a specific type of lung cancer rather than lung cancer in general," said Dr. Peter Mazone of Cleveland Clinic - who just finished the clinical trials on the test.
The test is only $75 and only takes a few minutes.
Get more on the story from 9News:
To me it begs a question: If you knew there was an inexpensive test to see if you have the early signs of lung cancer, would it keep you from quitting smoking?
"Well, I'll just pop in for that Metabolomx test- if I'm good- I'll pick up another carton on my way home."
Would that be right?