Odor Linked To Skin Cancer, Could Help Early Diagnosis

August 23, 2008

Researchers in the U.S. have announced this past week that they have found an odor that is directly linked to skin cancer.  This could lead to helping with an early diagnosis of the disease.....Washington (ChattahBox) – Researchers in the U.S. have announced this past week that they have found an odor that is directly linked to skin cancer. This could lead to helping with an early diagnosis of the disease.

The hope is that in the near future, this will help doctors as they can use the odor as a way to detect cancerous tumors.

Researchers were led by Michelle Gallagher at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia.

Researchers analyzed the odors coming from skin cancer tumors in 11 different patients, and were able to link a distinct odor to basal cell carcinoma, the most common skin cancer type.

This is the first time that researchers have been able to link a distinct odor to a particular type of skin cance.r

They will now work to evolve the skin cancer odor profile to other types of cancer.

Scientists presented their findings at the annual conference of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Comments

3 Responses to “Odor Linked To Skin Cancer, Could Help Early Diagnosis”

  1. Bill on August 12th, 2009 2:08 pm

    So what does this smell like??

  2. lizbeth on October 1st, 2009 1:16 pm

    Well, what kind of odor? How strong an odor? Is is something the average person might be taught to detect (like other self-examination methods), in case he or she does not notice a lesion on the body and is not a regular dermatology patient?

  3. types of skin cancer on September 30th, 2010 5:58 am

    This is really interesting blog.You are doing great work on Cancer. We need to spread cancer awareness on how to face cancer problem.Please update more useful information about it.

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