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

April 17, 2018
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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 two years ago.

It will now begin testing the method using some 250 urine samples, to see if samples at 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 ," he said.

It is also intended to be used to detect paediatric cancers.

"That will be especially beneficial in testing for " who are often afraid of needles, added Odaira.

Research published earlier this year demonstrated that a new blood test has shown promise towards detecting eight different kinds of tumours before they spread elsewhere in the body.

Usual diagnostic methods for breast cancer consist of a mammogram followed by a biopsy if a risk is detected.

For , screening is generally conducted via a stool test and a colonoscopy for patients at high risk.

The Hitachi technology centres around detecting waste materials inside urine samples that act as a "biomarker"—a naturally occurring substance by which a particular disease can be identified, the company said in a statement.

The procedure aims to improve the early detection of cancer, saving lives and reducing the medical and social cost to the country, Odaira explained.

The experiment will start this month until through September in cooperation with Nagoya University in central Japan.

"We aim to put the technology in use in the 2020s, although this depends on various things such as getting approval from the authorities," Odaira said.

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Anonym560166
not rated yet Apr 17, 2018
"Dr. Manuel D. Navarro of the Philippines developed the Hcg urine cancer test back in the late 1950's. The test detects the presence of cancer cells even before signs or symptoms develop. Dr. Navarro found HCG to be present in all types of cancers. The test is based on a theory proposed by Howard Beard and other researchers who contend that cancer is related to a misplaced trophoblastic cell that become malignant in a manner similar to pregnancy in that they both secrete HCG. As a consequence, a measure of the amount of HCG found in the blood or urine is also a measure of the degree of malignancy. The higher the number, the greater is the severity of cancer."
Anonym692148
1 / 5 (3) Apr 17, 2018
"Anti-racists" say there's a RACE problem. They say it'll be solved when non-Whites pour into ALL & ONLY White nations and "assimilate" to get a brown mixture.

They say only White nations have this RACE problem; they say non-White nations are fine.

If I object to my own genocide these "anti-racists" say I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

They say they're anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.
Porgie
not rated yet Apr 17, 2018
Excellent. This will be a handy easy and welcome way to determine our health. Thank you Japan our friend. Gods Bless you.
SURFIN85
not rated yet Apr 26, 2018
This could be a problem. Consider the effects if this test is commonly used to detect cancers that never rise to the level of malignancy (the majority) and what ends up happening is the unnecessary and harmful application of chemotherapies similar to what has happened with breast cancer detections. This device must have such a high degree of specificity and accuracy that I wonder if it will ever make it to market.

When the test subjects are children I am afraid the zeal of parents and adults may overprescribe treatments.

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