Dogs may help detect cancer

February 4, 2011 by Kelley  
Filed under Dog News

We know dogs can sense of smell is amazing but did you know dogs are better at detecting cancer than routine blood test? Dogs are being trained on how to sniff out cancer and they’re doing an excellent job of it. With early detection cancer patients are more likely to survive.

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Japanese researchers say they’ve successfully trained an 8-year-old female black Labrador retriever to sniff out colon cancer on the breath of a patient.

Published Monday by the digestive health journal Gut, the study adds to previous research suggesting that dogs can be useful for cancer detection. Studies over the past few years have shown that dogs can detect melanoma, bladder, lung, ovarian, and breast cancer, also by sniffing the breath of cancer patients.

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