17 Apr '18, 6am

Japan to trial 'world's first urine test' to spot cancer

TOKYO: A Japanese firm is poised to carry out what it hailed as the world's first experiment to test for cancer using urine samples, which would greatly facilitate screening for the deadly disease. Engineering and IT conglomerate Hitachi developed the basic technology to detect breast or colon cancer from urine samples two years ago. It will now begin testing the method using some 250 urine samples, to see if samples at room temperature are suitable for analysis, Hitachi spokesman Chiharu Odaira told AFP. "If this method is put to practical use, it will be a lot easier for people to get a cancer test, as there will be no need to go to a medical organisation for a blood test," he said. It is also intended to be used to detect paediatric cancers. "That will be especially beneficial in testing for small children" who are often afraid of needles, added Odaira. Advertisement Ad...

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