Health Fact of the Day

22 Nov

This study conducted by the Pine Street Foundation, a cancer education and research center in San Anselmo, Calif., found that dogs can be trained to smell and detect early-stage ovarian cancer.  According to the American Cancer Society, about 20% of cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed early.  Catching the disease early results in a 90% 5-year survival rate.  However, if this disease is identified late, after it has spread to other organs, only 18% of patients will survive 5 years.  This emphasizes the importance of early detection!  These researchers are now trying to identify how these dogs can sense cancer and what other cancers they could be trained to find.

 One of the dogs

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