Sunday, August 11, 2013

Giving a whole new meaning to the term "service animals" ...

Dogs are now being trained in a pilot program to sniff out ovarian cancer.

1 comment:

Joanne Christian said...

This was bound to happen given the bladder response, and has been incrementally gaining momentum. Dogs are already known for alarming pre-seizure for patients who have that type of service dog in service. Additionally, some humans too are capable of detecting "cancer scent" when in contact w/ some patients--but site designation is indistinguishable. It will be amazing to see if scientists can refine that ability to a diagnostic tool for clinicians. I guess it's just chalked up to a heightened olfactory sense, equivalent to Chuck Yaeger's(?) eagle eye, or the ability perhaps to read Braille. Great for progress though.