Cancer Sniffing Dog

by Rebecca on February 16, 2011

in Animal Stories

There’s a new cancer-sniffing dog on the scene. With the help of her trusty tennis ball, she’s outperforming medical lab tests.

Marnie, an 8-year-old black Lab, was trained by Japanese scientists to detect colorectal cancer by smelling the breath of a patient with cancer and then of healthy participants.

When she identified the cancer sample, she was given a tennis ball, according to AOL Health.

Marnie has performed with up to 98 percent accuracy while some current tests like the fecal occult blood test, are right only 10 percent of the time, according to the Huffington Post.

Although dogs aren’t regularly being used in a clinical capacity just yet, they have recognized melanoma, bladder, lung, breast and ovarian cancers in the past. Perhaps Marnie will lead the way for a new breed of medical personnel.

Would you request a dog sniff-test, if you could?

http://www.petside.com/petsideblog/2011/02/cancer-sniffing-dog-makes-accurate-diagnoses.php


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