A Simple Breath Test May be Able to Detect Cancer Early

A simple breath test may be able to save thousands of lives a year by detecting cancer early.

Imperial College London researchers say the breathalyzer test is 90 percent accurate. According to the Imperial College website, the breath test helps doctors diagnose the early signs of oesophageal and stomach cancers in minutes.

The website says the test detects chemical compounds exhaled in the breath that is unique to patients with those cancers. Patients breathe into a breathalyzer like device that is connected to a bag.

Scientists say so far the results have been encouraging and the method will be tested in a larger trial with three London hospitals.