Colorectal cancer might be detectable with simple breath test. Tests to find the cancer are often invasive if a positive marker is found when reviewing blood and stool samples. Only a small portion of those who register a positive marker ultimately end up having colorectal cancer, according to a CBS News report.
A new study published by the British Medical Journal indicates that a breathalyzer test with patients was at least 75 percent accurate in determining if colorectal cancer was indeed present in the body. In 2012, an estimated 103,170 cases of colon cancer were reported. A total of 40,290 cases of rectal cancer were also reportedly expected in America during the same year, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Approximately 51,690 patients died from colon cancer and rectal cancer this year in the United States. Colorectal cancer is reportedly the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the nation. A release written by Dr. Donato F. Altomare about the colon cancer breath test study reads:
“The technique of breath sampling is very easy and non-invasive, although the method is still in the early phase of development. Our study’s findings provide further support for the value of breath testing as a screening tool.”
Donato Altomare is a researcher at the Department of Emergency and Organ Transplantation at the Universite degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro in Bari, Italy.
Colorectal cancer typically begins as a noncancerous, benign growth in the glands in the lining of the colon or rectum and then progresses to become a malignant tumor. Risks for color cancer include being older than 60, being of Eastern European or African American descent, and having a diet high in processed or red meats.