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New breath test identifies people at risk of stomach cancer

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A new breath test can identify patients at high risk of developing stomach cancer.

Researchers collected breath samples from healthy people and patients already diagnosed with stomach cancer.

The samples underwent two tests that measured specific compounds in exhaled breath.

The first test showed patients with cancer and those without the disease had distinctive "breath prints."

It could also identify those with pre-cancerous changes. 

The second test accurately determined which of those patients were at high risk of actually developing stomach cancer. 

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