Researchers in France have determined that a dog’s sniffer might actually do a better job at detecting prostate cancer than the current blood test. A Belgian Malinois was trained to detect the disease via scent.
“The dog was able to correctly identify the urine of a prostate cancer patient, compared with the urine of four healthy individuals,” according to an article posted on AOL news.
How is this possible? Tumors of various cancers release chemical compounds that can be easily recognized by the dog’s sensitive nose. Some are released via urine, while other cancers, such as breast cancer, can be detected on one’s breath.
The accuracy rate of dogs vs the blood test is astounding with the test producing numerous false positives. If dogs are used, thousands of men will be saved from needless radiation and surgery.
What do you think? Would you trust a dog to test you for cancer?