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Volatile organic compounds may help diagnose colorectal cancer



Analyzing volatile organic compounds found in fecal samples could aid in the diagnosis of colorectal adenocarcinoma, according to research published in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics.
Chris Probert, MD, FRCP, FHEA, of the Institute of Translational Medicine in Liverpool, United Kingdom, and colleagues wrote that previous studies have explored the potential of volatile organic compounds as biomarkers for CRC, but they have mostly been proof of concept studies that did not identify specific compounds.
“Therefore, understanding the biological plausibility for patterns of volatile

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