These Two Dogs Sniff Out Prostate Cancer With 98% Accuracy


Just one month after Frankie, a scent-trained German Shepherd, managed to detect thyroid cancer in 30 out of 34 cases, a new study suggests that dogs can also detect prostate cancer in almost 98% of cases.

The research, which was conducted by the Department of Urology at the Humanitas Clinical and Research Centre in Milan, examined two German Shepherds sniffing the urine of 900 men – 360 with prostate cancer and 540 without. The two pooches were able to detect prostate cancer with 97.7 percent and 97.6 percent accuracy respectively, according to Dr. Claire Guest:

“These results are spectacular. They offer us further proof that dogs have the ability to detect human cancer. It is particularly exciting that we have such a high success rate in the detection of prostate cancer, for which the existing tests are woefully inadequate. Over the years, millions of pounds of NHS funding has been poured into the traditional test methods, yet there has been little improvement in their reliability.”

There is currently no single test for prostate cancer, and Dr. Guest believes that detection dogs are the future of medicine. In addition to being an accurate alternative to blood tests, biopsies and physical examination, our canine friends are also cost-effective. Dr. Guest concluded that if detection dogs were a machine, there would be a huge demand.

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