This Dog Was Able To Sniff Out Cancer On The First Try. This Could Save Lives!Ashley Maisano
Lucy, a Labrador Retriever and Irish Water Spaniel mix, was initially supposed to be a guide dog but didn’t do so well with it. She was too distracted by surrounding scents, and eventually got kicked out of training. But, Lucy was still a smart dog and her owner wanted to put her good sniffing abilities to good use. So for the next seven years, Lucy was trained to sniff out bladder, kidney and prostate cancer. During this time, she has detected cancer correctly more than 95% of the time, which is more accurate than some lab tests!
Today, Lucy is a part of a large clinical trial of canine cancer detection. Medical Detection Dogs (MDD), a British organization, has eight different dogs sniff out 3,000 urine samples to see if they can determine who has cancer and who doesn’t. It is believed that dogs, whose noses have 300 million sensors compared to our 5 million, can smell cancer’s unique odors, which are called volatile organic compounds.
Claire Guest, the CEO of MDD, says that her Labrador caught her breast cancer six years ago when she kept staring at her and lunging into her chest. It led her to find a lump and immediately go to the hospital where the doctor told her that if it weren’t for her dog helping her spot it, her prognosis would have been very poor.
Watch the video below to see one of the studies that they have performed. The dog in it is simply amazing and it blows my mind how dogs can do this! What an amazing discovery.