Japanese Dog Sniffs Out Early Bowel Cancer

Labrador retrievers are known to be trained for many things. They can work as seeing-eye dogs, therapy dogs, sniff for drugs, sniff for bombs, and now, sniff bowel cancer? BBC News reports:

A Labrador retriever has sniffed out bowel cancer in breath and stool samples during a study in Japan.

The research, in the journal Gut, showed the dog was able to identify early stages of the disease.

It has already been suggested that dogs can use their noses to detect skin, bladder, lung, ovarian and breast cancers.

Cancer Research UK said it would be extremely difficult to use dogs for routine cancer testing.

The biology of a tumour is thought to include a distinct smell and a series of studies have used dogs to try to detect it.

[Continues at BBC News]

7 Comments on "Japanese Dog Sniffs Out Early Bowel Cancer"

  1. justagirl | Feb 2, 2011 at 11:43 pm |

    LOL! ok, like… and i thought MY job sucked. what does the dog do when it finds the cancer – clear its throat and unbutton its lab coat? straighten it’s spectacles?
    nurse: “doctor spot, drop that sample right now!! bad! and get your nose out of my crotch!!”.

  2. justagirl | Feb 2, 2011 at 7:43 pm |

    LOL! ok, like… and i thought MY job sucked. what does the dog do when it finds the cancer – clear its throat and unbutton its lab coat? straighten it’s spectacles?
    nurse: “doctor spot, drop that sample right now!! bad! and get your nose out of my crotch!!”.

  3. Quit it that tickles!

  4. Quit it that tickles!

  5. Ironaddict06 | Feb 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm |

    In the two test the BBC mentions has above a 90% success rate, but it would be to expensive to train the dogs.

  6. Ironaddict06 | Feb 3, 2011 at 11:13 am |

    In the two test the BBC mentions has above a 90% success rate, but it would be to expensive to train the dogs.

  7. Can we train dogs to sniff out STDs?

    Somewhere near 15% of American women have herpes, so this could save me some awkward questions on dates. Instead of asking if she’s a tramp, Fido can sniff her hoo-ha and give me a subtle signal.

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