Canines apparently possess a unique olfactory trait that allows them to sniff out the presence of cancer in the breath of people with the disease. And a new pilot study out of Austria suggests that dogs just might be the wave of the future as far as early detection is concerned, with recent trials showing an incredible sniffing success rate among patients with lung cancer. The results of the preliminary trial, which were published recently in a scientific journal, indicate a fascinating ability among dogs to literally sense the presence of cancer earlier and more successfully than many modern detection methods. Using 120 breath samples, the European researchers were able to determine that the dogs used for the trial were successful in detecting 70 percent of cancers, which clearly illustrates the animals’ amazing ability. The investigation was a follow-up to earlier hypotheses about dogs’ apparent abilities to detect all sorts of diseases simply by being near people who had them.
A canine’s ability to detect early-stage bowel cancer, in a condition that is apparently very difficult to detect using even modern medical technologies. The ultimate aim is … for scientists to identify what scents the dogs are detecting. With this information, researchers can then develop some type of electronic nose” to detect cancer in a clinical setting, without the need for actual dogs being stationed at hospitals and clinics.