Laurie Malone is part of a group of dog trainers soon-to-be nationally recognized for training cancer detecting service dogs. The dogs are able to detect many forms of cancer just by smelling a person’s body or fluids:
The science behind dogs smelling cancerous cells dates back to 1989, when a border collie/Doberman pinscher mix sniffed out a cancerous mole on her owner and bit it off. According to Harvard Medical School and Harvard Health Publications, research shows that dogs can “almost unerringly detect prostate cancer in urine samples.” Earlier this year, CNN told the story of Lucy, a Labrador retriever/Irish water spaniel mix who failed tests to be a guide dog, but excelled at cancer-sniffing. She was used in the largest study of canine cancer detection, where she was more than 95% accurate at smelling cancerous cells- a rate better than some lab tests.
Man’s best friend has come through again. We may soon have a less invasive way to detect cancer than biopsy and we couldn’t be more excited. Although when the doctor says your tests are in the lab, the dog may have eaten it.
This video does not illustrate the above article, but it’s very informative: