Here's a great article that I thought I would pass on...hope you find it interesting! –Kim
Dogs Can Smell Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is really hard to detect early. But a new study done in Germany, reported by Gizmodo.com, has found that dogs can be taught to sniff out 71 out of 100 cancer patients. They also were able to pick out 372 out of 400 who did NOT have the disease.
"Not only that, but they could tell the difference between lung cancer and COPD. And it didn’t matter what medications they were on, whether they had recently been smoking, or what they had recently eaten," Gizmodo reports.
Only 15% of lung cancers are currently diagnosed before the disease spreads to other organs. When it's spotted before it spreads, the five-year survival rate is 50%. After it spreads, it's only 2%. But, there's no early detection tool available now. In 2011 so far, 221,130 new cases of lung cancer have been diagnosed, and 156,940 people have died from the disease.
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