Dogs Sniff out Cancer

Can dogs detect cancer? There have been numerous popular science stories doing the rounds over the last two years and anecdotal evidence is mounting. But, in a world where lung and breast cancers are among the leading causes of cancer death, it seems that any early detection method is highly desirable, however canine it might be.

Now, a study published in the March 2006 issue of the journal Integrative Cancer Therapies presents astonishing evidence that man’s best friend, the dog, may indeed be able to sniff out cancer.

Apparently, the dog’s extraordinary sense of smell can distinguish between healthy people and those with both early and late stage lung and breast cancers from healthy controls.

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  1. Man’s breast friend?! That dogs can sniff out cancer is now quite well documented, in the UK and USA, and elsewhere. Today the baton – or should that be smell? – is being taken up by ‘electronic nose’ teams, both commercial and academic. The ‘doggie’ and ‘e-nose’ folk will be represented at a forthcoming Workshop in the UK (see http://www.semiochemica.org.uk/semiochem.html), and the special guest is a prize-winning young e-nose researcher from Israel. Cancer-spotting sniffers are looking at lung cancer, prostate cancer, bladder cancer and others. The smell science doesn’t end with things sniffing us, however. Our ability to smell – or the lack of it – will be discussed in detail on Day 1. Did you know that many cases of Parkinson’s Disease are beginning to be predicted by a dip in the ability to recognise smells? All that and more on July 24-5 2007 in Wye, Kent.

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