A report in the Irish Medical Times featuring information from a new Japanese study states that dogs have the ability to detect bowel cancer by scent.


The Japanese study found that the information seem to “show that a specific cancer scent does exist.”

Over a period of server months an expertly trained Labrador retriever would conduct 74 sniff tests, where only one was cancerous.

The dogs had the ability to sniff out cancer at a very high degree of accuracy.

Samples from smokers or patients with gut problems might have expected to mask or otherwise interfere with the dogs ability to detect caner but it did not.

The authors concluded that although using dogs to screen for cancers was impractical and expensive, it showed that a scent based sensor in theory could be developed.

Article by Pet Insurance Ireland.

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