Dogs can sniff out cancer in blood with astonishing accuracy

Dogs Can Sniff Out Cancer A New Study Revealed

Dogs Can Sniff Out Cancer A New Study Revealed

Researchers in the USA showed that Beagles were able to detect tumours in samples of human blood with almost 97 per cent accuracy.

The ability is due to the very high number of smell receptors dogs have, the same smell receptors that enable them to sniff out bombs and drugs.

Not only are they cuddly, snuggly, and our overall favorite furry friends in the whole wide world, but dogs may also be able to detect cancer in blood simply by using their acute sniffers.

"Although there is now no cure for cancer, early detection offers the best hope of survival", said Heather Junqueira, who is lead researcher at BioScentDx and performed the study.

Heather Junqueira, the leading researcher of the study, said that a sensitive test to detect cancer could save thousands of lives and that such a method could change the method of treatment for the disease.

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In the study, the team used a special form of clicker trainer to teach four beagles to distinguish between normal blood samples and blood samples from people with lung cancer. Thanks to their unfathomably keen sense of smell - which is 10,000 times more accurate than a human's - dogs in the lab were able to pick-out blood samples from cancer patients with 97 percent accuracy.

BioScentDx, the company responsible for the research, hopes to use canine scent detection to further develop non-invasive techniques for screening cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

BioScentDx plans to use dogs' sniffing abilities to screen for deadly diseases and cancer.

In many of these studies, what was especially impressive was the fact that the dogs could detect cancer while it was still in its very early stages, which could make them even more useful than lab testing when it comes to detection.

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