Sniffing out cancer: Dogs That Smell Cancer

Published: November 21, 2015

Sniffing out cancer: Dogs That Smell Cancer, British organization Medical Detection Dogs has eight dogs that smell cancer in their team as a part of a canine cancer detection clinical trial. This method requires the dogs to smell 3,000 samples of urine provided by patients from the National Health Service to detect if cancer is present.

The Cancer Detection Dogs are being trained to recognize cancer, and the Medical Alert Assistance Dogs are trained to assist people with difficult medical situations.

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“We are a charity that works in partnership with researchers, NHS Trusts, and Universities. Our aim is to train specialist dogs to detect the odour of human disease,” the organization says, according to the Medical Detection Dogs website.

The procedure entails the dogs to go around and sniff eight urine samples. One urine sample will be from a cancer patient, but the other seven are from patients that have the similar symptoms of someone who has cancer but don’t have it, KCCI Des Moines noted.

Even the CEO of the organization, Claire Guest, had her dog, Daisy, recognize her cancer six years ago.

“She kept staring at me and lunging into my chest. It led me to find a lump,” Guest said, according to CNN.

The cancerous tumor was found by doctors lodged undetected in her breast.

“Had it not been drawn to my attention by Daisy, I’m told my prognosis would have been very poor,” she added.


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