New Research Focuses on Training Dogs to Sniff Out Ovarian Cancer

Researchers are trying to figure out a more effective way to help diagnose ovarian cancer and they are using dogs’ keen sense of smell to do it.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Working Dog Center has started training three canines to sniff out signature compounds that are evident in ovarian cancer using blood and tissue samples donated by patients.

"Because if the dogs can do it, then the question is, Can our analytical instrumentation do it? We think we can," George Preti, Monell organic chemist, told the Associated Press.

Combining chemical analysis, modern technology and the sense of smell could lead to better survival rates for the disease, which is especially deadly because it usually isn’t detected until it’s in an advanced stage.

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