Dogs sense of smell is linked to ovarian cancer prevention

Sweet Polly

Sweet Polly

Furry friends are amazing.  According to the Chicago Sun Times, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Working Dog  Center are training dogs to identify the ovarian cancer chemical marker.  Once isolated, the chemical will be used in the development of an electronic sensor to identify the ovarian cancer odorant in humans.  This is great news to women who may miss the symptoms associated with ovarian cancer.  Early detection is essential for increasing the rate of survival.  Weight gain, bloating, and constipation are common ovarian cancer symptoms and sadly, 70% of cases are detected after metastases has already occurred, according to Janos Tanyi, a Penn oncologist.

Dogs awesome sense of smell has been used widely in cancer cell identification.  In a study from 2004, researchers found that dogs can identify the odorant of melanoma.  Scientists at the Sensory Research Institute at Florida State University acknowledge that the canines nose is 10,000 to 100,00 times better than a humans.  The analogy they give is that if a human can see an object at 1/3rd of a mile, a dog can see the same object clearly 3,000 miles away.  Wow.


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