The Scent Of Skin Cancer

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Currently, a skin cancer diagnosis comes after a biopsy. However, the near future may hold a less invasive detection option, now that scientists have identified the specific chemical odor of basal cell carcinoma.

By analyzing the air above skin cancer tumors and comparing it to the air above healthy skin, researchers were able to quantify the varying levels of chemicals to create a cancer-specific scent “profile.” They plan to follow up with profiles of melanoma and squamous cell cancer, as well.

This finding could lead to technology that would allow a scanner to be passed over skin to identify skin cancer, instead of removing tissue.

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