CANCER SCREENING USING URINE SAMPLES

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Unbelievable!!!

But, it is true .

Now. it is possible to screen for Breast cancer and Colon cancer using urine samples. A urine test is rather simple as compared to the routine screening methods such as Mammography,Endoscopy,Biopsy,and Blood tests. The Hitachi Technology Centre( Japan ), developed the basic technology  in 2016 to assess the presence of certain ‘Bio markers’ -naturally  occurring substances – by which a particular Cancer can be identified .The accuracy rate of detecting cancer is 95.8 percentage!!!

Further  experiments, in collaboration with Nagoya University in Central Japan, will begin this month and will be over by September this year. “This technology may be put in clinical use by 2020” says Hitachi spokesman Chiharu  Odariya.

 If  urine test for cancer detection is made available for  clinical use it will be a “break-through”  in medical science as it is non- invasive and easier for people to undergo

 their cancer test without going to a hospital or lab .

The kit for collecting urine sample may hit the shelves by  2020 and people can do painless and  effortless cancer screening at the privacy of their houses.

Early detection of cancer is paramount to successful treatment. Science is racing to develop faster and cheaper detection tools to save the lives and to reduce the  medical and social cost.

This is very important for a country like India where majority of the people with cancer are being

 diagnosed at an  advanced stage.

Dr.C.N.MOHANAN NAIR,

CONSULTANT ONCOLOGIST,

KOCHI.