Technion Lab image A simple breath test can distinguish between healthy people and those with head and neck cancer, according to a study published in the British Journal of Cancer.

This is the eighth most common type of cancer but less than half of patients survive because it is often diagnosed late because there is no reliable way to screen for it.

Researchers from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology collected breath samples from 82 people from three groups: head-and-neck cancer patients, lung cancer patients and healthy people. The team examined the differences in the molecules present in the exhaled breath of each group using detection equipment called the Nano Artificial NOSE.

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