Using Dogs to Sniff Out Cancer

An article in the New York Times, dogs may have the ability to smell subtle chemical differences between healthy and cancerous tissues, including those in bladder cancer, melanoma, breast cancer, lung cancer, and prostate cancer. At the Working Dog Center, dogs are trained not only in police work, but also in ovarian cancer detection. Dr. Cindy Otto, founder and executive director of the Working Dog Center, says “We don’t ever anticipate our dogs walking through a clinic, but we do hope that they will help refine chemical and nanosensing techniques for cancer detection.”