It is possible to detect the presence of some cancers by analyzing a person's breath and from the National Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba, Japan, are working in that direction.
They have developed a sensor, thin and inexpensive, capable of detecting the presence of cancer in the patient, a sensor, should show "positive" indicate definitely the presence of the tumor, although it is still possible negative not being able identify an existing cancer.
The goal is to have it on the market at very low cost, less than 3 euros, allowing people to buy it in pharmacies as who buys a pregnancy test. It is too early to release it to the market as they are working on improvements that could even indicate the type of tumor and kidney and liver problems, as indicated in the-Japan-news.com .
The project was created and thanks to the collaboration of several companies: Kyocera Corp., NEC Corp., Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Co., Osaka University and a device manufacturer in Switzerland. The sensor would be able to get the information after detecting the patient's breath and send the results to a mobile app.
Although the share of science and technology is very advanced, still it needs to overcome the part of regulatory approval and other legal requirements, a process that can last for about six years.