Dogs Have A Nose For Cancer Detection
As one of the tens of thousands of American who are diagnosed with bladder cancer each year (ninth most common cancer in the world, 80,000 new cases and 18,000 deaths in the United States each year) my eye for cancer info is regularly on high alert.
The United Press reports on a study presented this week at the 2019 Experimental Biology meeting where three beagles were able to correctly detect lung cancer nearly 97% of the time.
Researchers at BioScentDx say early detection offers the best hope of surviving cancer and thus a highly sensitive test for detecting cancer has the potential to save thousands of lives.
The researchers harnessed the power of the beagle's incredible natural nose capability
with smell receptors 10,000 times more sensitive than humans.
After learning the difference between normal blood serum and malignant lung cancer tissue, the dogs identified the normal tissue 97.5% of the time and picked out the cancerous tissue 96.7 % of the time.