Add prostate cancer to the list of things dogs can amazingly detect.
Recent studies in Milan revealed that two German Shepherds were able to determine whether certain urine samples were from adult males suffering from prostate cancer. Their accuracy was stunning.
According to Dr. Claire Guest, “These results are spectacular. They offer us further proof that dogs have the ability to detect human cancer.”
Given that each dog was able to detect the cancer to roughly 98% accuracy, she went on to say that “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.”
Currently, doctors rely on blood samples or biopsy. Though some professionals are reluctant to embrace the use of canines as a form of medical exam, the research does yield hope for new methods of accurate, effective testing.
High paws, pups!