Updated 10 January 2019

Trial launched for cancer breath test – may be a huge breakthrough for early detection

British researchers have begun trialling a breathalyser-like device which might be a huge breakthrough for early cancer detection.

British researchers have launched a trial which could be a major breakthrough in cancer treatment - by using a breathalyser-like device which could potentially detect multiple cancers.

The 10-minute test could could be key in early detection of cancers, often a major stumbling block with cancer treatment.

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