Thursday, September 3, 2009
Did You Know?
I don't know where I have been because apparently this fact has been known since 2005. Did you know dogs can sniff out cancer?
According to my research, several studies show that dogs can detect lung and breast cancer even earlier than CT scans and mammograms. How is this possible? Cancer patients have been shown to have traces of chemicals such as alkanes and benzene derivatives - in their breath, and other studies have shown dogs can detect chemicals in concentrations as small as a few parts per trillions.
This theory first came about when a dog alerted its owner of a melanoma by constantly sniffing the skin lesion. This case led to tests done with dogs sniffing out bladder cancer and then on to breast cancer and lung cancer.
Not that you need yet another reason to love your dog, but give your dog and stupendous sniffer a little love today.