398 Sensor may detect cancer from breath


A high-precision sensor that can detect the possibility of someone having cancer, diabetes and other ailments just from their breath has been developed in a joint project involving the government, the private sector and a university.

The product is expected to be put into practical use as early as 2022, it has been learned.
In the future, it may become possible for an individual to easily check their health by connecting a sensor to a smartphone or other device. There are also hopes that the nation’s growing medical expenditures could be curbed by the early detection of disease.

I – Word Understanding
High-precision – high level of correctness
Curbed – to control or limit

II – Have Your Say
1.How does it work?
The small sensor (connected to a device) is capable of detecting substances in
a person’s exhalations with high accuracy by analyzing the odor of the breath.

2.Detection and treatment
Often, the earlier a disease is diagnosed, the more likely it is that it can be cured
or successfully managed. What tests and treatments for cancer are you familiar
with? Which one do you think is the most effective?

3.Despite medical advances, there are still many people who don’t get screened for cancer. What could be the possible reasons?

398 Sensor may detect cancer from breath