December 5, 2012

A Breath Test for Colon Cancer?

Lisa Hedlund, Cosmos Magazine

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Screening for bowel cancer could one day be as simple and non-invasive as a breath test, according to a new study by Italian researchers.

Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States, Europe and Australia. Early detection of bowel cancer is vital – according to the Australian Cancer Council, the survival rate at stage one after five years is 93%, while at stage three it will drop to just 8%.

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