Canines sniffing out disease

Today, we mourn the passing of two iconic men who dedicated their lives to the arts. Both died of cancer.

Early cancer detection is crucial to a favorable outcome. With all the technological advances of medicine, cancer screening programs still fail.

Clinical studies prove that canines can ‘sniff out cancer’. The olfactory apparatus of the dog is capable of detecting minute quantities of chemicals produced by cancer cells. Although most physicians would scoff at the notion that a dog could diagnose cancer, the field of canine olfaction deserves further exploration and study.

Because her dog continuously sniffed her chest, a middle aged woman scheduled a mammogram. Early breast cancer was found and treated. Five years later she remains cancer free.

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