Take a deep breath, now exhale. You could have just been tested for lung cancer.
A new test may be able to provide patients with a better chance at being cured. A new breath test could be a major key in identifying the return of lung cancer after surgery. Thousands of volatile organic compounds are in a breath that are a window into a person's health.
A subset of these volatile organic compounds, called carbonyl compounds, have been discovered in the exhaled breath of lung cancer patients. Being able to identify this lung cancer signature through the breath test is emerging as one of the most promising methods of diagnosis by specialists.The test is being currently used to monitor disease recurrence.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the US.
Lung cancer kills about 160,000 Americans every year with 90% attributed to cigarette smoking and 16,000 to 24,000 linked to other causes. It can also be caused by harmful particles in the air. The smallest size particles or PM2.5 were linked to an increased risk of lung cancer. Just think of what these small particles do inside a baby's lungs. Trucks, buses, cars, factories, fires, wood burning stoves, kerosene heaters and normal combustion and release of fine particles from cooking send particles deep into the lungs and raise the risk of respiratory illnesses and heart attacks.
Second Nature patients take daily nutraceuticals to offset fine particulate matter pollution especially if they have differences in their detox pathway (slow or poor methylators). I take high quality Xymogen's CurcuPlex CR, OncoPlex ES EP, Green Tea 600, NAC and DFH's Pulmonary Revive. This is standard for me no matter where I am.
We screen everyone at Second Nature for their exposure to environmental carcinogens.
Your occupation and your daily living habits can either increase or decrease your risk of cancer.