Within the study results, doctors found 15 patterns of volatile organic compounds that were tied to cancer. By using this test, experts were able to identify people who had colorectal cancer with more than 75 percent of accuracy.
Researchers specifically identified 19 participants to have the disease from examining their breath samples.
A previous study used breath sampling to detect lung cancer. The study conducted by The Georgia Tech Institute discovered that there are 75 volatile organic compounds within exhaled breaths that can be used to help detect people with and without lung cancer. Metabolomx, a California start-up company is also using the method to detect lung cancer.
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