Dogs Can Smell Lung Cancer

Scientists hope to build 'electronic nose'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 6, 2012 8:20 AM CST
Dogs appear to be experts at detecting lung cancer.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Dogs are lung cancer detection experts, a study finds. They "have no problem identifying tumor patients," says a researcher in Austria, and that could lead to earlier diagnoses. Dogs who smelled 120 breath samples were able to sniff out cancer 70% of the time, a very "encouraging" result, says the scientist. It confirms anecdotal accounts of dogs behaving differently near people with cancer, AFP notes. But don't expect your next doctor to be named Rover: Scientists hope they can figure out what scents the dogs are picking up and make an "electronic nose" that mimics the canine one. (Read more dogs stories.)

My Take on This Story