A new study has found a simple way to detect lung cancer and how advanced it is. All that the test takes to diagnose lung cancer is to examine a patient's breath. The test is not only meant to find signs of lung cancer, but also reveal whether or not the patient is suffering from chronic, noncancerous lung conditions.
The researchers developed a device capable of smelling lung cancer when patients blow into a balloon. Specific compounds, produced by cancer cells, enter the blood stream and changes occur in patient's blood chemistry and breath.