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Dogs smell cancer

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As if we needed convincing, here’s more proof that dogs really can be man’s (and woman’s) best friend. An article in HealthDay News reports a new study showing that dogs can detect lung and breast cancer in breath samples.

Here’s an excerpt:

“When we heard anecdotally that there was a device out there that might be able to detect cancer at its earliest stages, before it even shows up on an MRI [magnetic resonance imaging], it was something we wanted to pursue,” said Nicholas Broffman, executive director of the Pine Street Foundation, a nonprofit group in California that conducted the study. The group helps cancer patients who are facing tough treatment decisions.

That device, of course, is a dog, and researchers believe it picks up on chemical differences that linger in the breath of a person with cancer.

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