Four-Legged Friends Can Sniff Out Cancer

1 Feb

Forget Dr. House’s diagnostics! I trust Fido’s!!

Check out this BBC article about research in Japan

Early bowel cancer detected by dogs in Japan

By James Gallagher Health reporter, BBC news

A Labrador retriever has sniffed out bowel cancer in breath and stool samples during a study in Japan.

The research, in the journal Gut, showed the dog was able to identify early stages of the disease.

It has already been suggested that dogs can use their noses to detect skin, bladder, lung, ovarian and breast cancers.

The biology of a tumour is thought to include a distinct smell and a series of studies have used dogs to try to detect it.

The researchers at Kyushu University used Marine, an eight-year-old black Labrador.

She was asked to pick from five samples, one of which was from a cancer patient and four from healthy people.

In the breath tests she picked out the cancer sample 33 out of 36 times.

“The specific cancer scent indeed exists, but the chemical compounds are not clear. Only the dog knows the true answer”
Dr Hideto Sonoda Kyushu University.

She was even more successful with the stool samples, finding 37 out of 38 cancers.

Even early bowel cancers were detected, which is notoriously difficult.

Read the complete story

Early bowel cancer detected by dogs in Japan

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