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A Nose Above the Rest

A researcher in Los Angeles has been training dogs on her 3 acre ranch to sniff out cancer. That’s right, cancer! Dina Zaphiris has worked with dogs for the past 10years, training them to sniff cancer in patients. So far, according to a report, her

work demonstrated a 99% detection rate for lung cancer and an 88% rate for early breast cancer.

How are they doing it, you may wonder? By sniffing the urine samples of patients. There is something in the scent of urine that these dogs are picking up on as they “look” for cancer.

These are amazing findings, and if validated, our best friends may in fact be our best line of first defense against cancer. This is definitely a story to keep an eye on as it progresses.

Kate Roberts

Great Dane loving shelter volunteer, who enjoys writing about dogs as much as looking after them!

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