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Cancer detecting sniffer dogs approved by NHS
16 October 2015
The charity Medical Detection Dogs has gained approval for further trials by the NHS on dogs capable of sniffing out prostate cancer in urine. An initial study has shown that the dogs can detect the cancer in up to 93% of cases.
Traditionally a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test has been used but this has a high rate of ‘false positive’ results which means that many men are referred for an invasive biopsy unnecessarily. Dogs have an extraordinary sense of smell and they can detect parts per million, which is equivalent to one drop of blood in two Olympic swimming pools. Once the trial is completed if the dogs prove reliable the diagnostic service may be offered as an optional screening test.
For further information please see the charity Medical Detection Dogs website.