Cancer is one of the leading causes of mortality worldwide, and the number is expected to rise in the next two decades, according to the World Health Organisation.
Fortunately, engineering and IT conglomerate Hitachi developed a technology to detect breast and colon cancer from urine samples two years ago. Fast forward to now, a Japanese firm is set to trial what is hailed the ‘world’s first urine test for cancer’ that can change the diagnosis of this potentially fatal disease.
“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,” said Hitachi spokesman Chiharu Odaira.
According to Odaira, this is especially useful for paediatric cancers, since children are often afraid of needles.
The testing for this brand new screening method will begin with about 250 urine samples, to test out whether those in room temperature are suitable for analysis.
Similarly, research from earlier this year have discovered a new blood test that has the potential to detect eight different kinds of tumours before they spread around the body.
Cancer statistics in Malaysia is shockingly high, but it’s estimated that nearly 40% of cancers are preventable. Attend yearly health screenings for early detection and treatment before it’s too late fam.