Sniffing Out Cancer

Dogs have long been members of the police force, fire department, military, and homeland security, and now dogs may become a part of the doctor’s team as well.

Studies have been performed showing that just by sniffing a person’s breath dogs can detect many different types of cancer including: lung, breast, ovarian, and bladder. German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, and Australian Shepherds have been accredited with this feat.

During the studies a dog was first given a “sample” from a patient with cancer to smell. The dog was then put in a room that contained one person with cancer and several people without cancer. The dog sat in front of the person with cancer nine out ten times. These amazing animals were not confused by smokers, benign tumors, or inflammatory diseases. Just one more reason dogs have been dubbed “man’s best friend”.

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