Dogs sniff out cancer 97 percent of time, study says

(Tauren Dyson/UPI) -— Researchers may have figured a way to use the keen sense of smell of dogs to detect deadly cancers, a new study says.

Three beagles were able to correctly detect lung cancer nearly 97 percent of the time, according to a study presented this week at the 2019 Experimental Biology meeting.

“Although there is currently no cure for cancer, early detection offers the best hope of survival,” Heather Junqueira, lead researcher at BioScentDx and study author, said in a news release. “A highly sensitive test for detecting cancer could potentially save thousands of lives and change the way the disease is treated.”

The researchers trained beagles to tell the difference between normal blood serum and malignant lung cancer tissue. The dogs identified the normal tissue 97.5 percent of the time and identified the cancerous tissue 96.7 percent of the time. (…)

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