Health: Canine Cancer Detector

Could dogs be trained to detect cancer? Researchers have been researching the possibility that cancer has a particular odor that can be detected by dogs. They believe that if more research is done in this area, it could lead to more efficient screening for cancer and better treatment. Some studies have tried to train dogs to detect prostate and ovarian cancers and claim an accuracy rate of over 90%. Still these studies are still in the preliminary stages and haven’t been peer reviewed or published in any scientific journals. Researchers say their goal isn’t to have dogs in labs and clinics smelling samples, but using their research to develop better cancer screening process. Some of the developments include an electronic nose capable of detecting cancer. 

Contributor: Laissa Alexis

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