We probably have hundreds of reasons to adore and love dogs as they offer loyalty, a sense of love, and comfort. Grateful for their amazing smelling sense and intelligence through which they can easily learn to detect hidden or secretly kept drugs and bombs and also can sense some serious medical conditions in patients, including diabetes, distress, and seizures.
There is now some evidence suggesting that Dogs can also directly or indirectly be very helpful in detecting human cancer cells.
You may believe it or not, but this amazing scientific fact and proof points to yes.
Sounds crazy, but it isn’t so crazy- after all, these dogs are very well known for their sense of smell and capability to read humans in different ways. Their sensitive, attuned power of sensing lets them know when we are sick, tired, or sad, and to the response, they try to act cute and do things that will make us happy. Dogs also often alert us to danger; it’s an adorable demonstration of the strong and lovely bond between humans and dogs.
How Do Dogs Detect Cancer?
As discussed earlier, dogs use their exceptionally powerful sense of smell to detect the odors that are being emitted by cancer cells.
The capability of dogs to detect melanoma, a potentially fatal skin cancer, has been studied and confirmed by different studies and research.
According to Dog Walkers San Francisco “Dogs sniff, lick and nips at the site of melanoma lesions on their caretaker’s or owners’ skin, even they can detect through the clothing, offering the owners to identify the site of cancer cells and alert them to the danger prompting them to seek special care and advice from clinicians.”
Can Dogs Be Trained to Detect Cancer?
Yes, dogs are trained to detect cancer cells in the sample. Possibly, various organizations and institutions are working on it based on the studies and medical evidence, including the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School’s Working Dog Centre and Medical Detection Dogs.
In various studies, dogs have detected,
- Breast and Lung Cancer: They used to sniff the breath of the patients; this study suggests that there’s a keen possibility that Dogs sensed the biochemical differences that the Cancer patients exhale.
- Bladder and Prostate Cancer: The sample used was the urine of patients, which dogs sniffed and identified the presence of cancer cells.
- Colorectal Cancer: By sniffing patients’ breath and their stool samples.
- Ovarian Cancer: By sniffing the patient’s blood samples and tumor samples.
- Cervical Cancer: Detected by sniffing the patient’s biopsy sample.
Dogs have a tremendous ability to smell and sense out many things and to point out the danger spells being around, which is quite helpful for us; one of the most amazing abilities of them is to smell the tumors or cancer in the human body, which is super helpful in early stage diagnosis.
Dogs, by sniffing, licking, and smelling, can detect the cancerous cell in the body and locate its site; there are various training that are given prior to these dogs.