"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.
The five minute breath test is fast, safe and affordable.To get the test it only costs $75. The test works by detecting specific biomakers produced by the cancerous tumor.
"It's a signature of the metabolic by products of growing cancer that is detectable in breath," said Dr. Paul Rhodes, CEO of Metabolomx.
In clinical trials the test has been able to detect lung cancer in the early stages. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide is often not diagnosed until late stages when it is much more difficult to treat. Existing tests for lung cancer include CT scans which expose patients to radiation and may lead to unnecessary biopsies.
If the breath test receives approval the hope is it could initially be used with a CT scan to determine if a patient really needs a biopsy.
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