Dogs can sniff out cancer with nearly 97% accuracy, says studyChristian Fernsby ▼ | April 10, 2019
Florida’s BioScentDx presented its study of canine cancer detection at Experimental Biology, a life sciences and biomedical research conference.
Medicine One of the dogs, Snuggles, was “unmotivated to perform”
One of the dogs, Snuggles, was “unmotivated to perform,” according to a press release. But the other three averaged a 96.7 percent accuracy at identifying the lung cancer samples and 97.5 percent accuracy at spotting the healthy samples.
According to researcher Heather Junqueira, the team sees two ways scientists could harness this puppy power to detect cancer.
“One is using canine scent detection as a screening method for cancers,” she said in the press release, “and the other would be to determine the biologic compounds the dogs detect and then design cancer-screening tests based on those compounds.” ■