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Japan Is Experimenting With The Possibility Of Detecting Cancer Using Urine Tests

This could change the game of cancer screening.


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Japan Is Experimenting With The Possibility Of Detecting Cancer Using Urine Tests
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Cancer screening tests are designed to spot cancer at an early stage when it is more treatable. These tests can also be used to detect the presence of cancer in people without the usual symptoms.

However, some of the common cancer screening tests are usually known to be pretty invasive, such as colonoscopy for colon cancer, mammography for breast cancer and pap smear for cervical cancer.

So this Japanese engineering and IT firm invented a new method that could change the game of cancer screening.

AFP reported that Hitachi is set to conduct the world's first screening experiment to spot cancer using urine samples.  

Urine tests for early cancer detection could also greatly benefit young children who are showing symptoms.
Two years ago, the company came up with a technology to detect breast and colon cancer from urine samples.

The team has now progressed to testing 250 urine samples to see if it also works in room temperature, which will make it a lot easier and more practical for the average person to get tested.

It will certainly be good news for people who are afraid of needles, especially young children.

Hitachi aims to improve the early detection of cancer with this procedure and save lives while reducing costs at the same time.

The firm will begin experimenting from this month until September, in collaboration with Nagoya University.

We really look forward to the success of this advanced cancer screening!

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