Science/Tech

Israelis Are Training Dogs to Detect Cancer and Save Lives

Stunning development could revolutionize early cancer detection and boost treatment

Somewhere in Southern Israel, a first-of-its-kind venture trains dogs to locate early signs of cancer.  The ramifications of this are absolutely extraordinary, as the heightened senses of canines is known to be legendary.

The name of the laboratory is “Dog Prognose”. It allows a person to send a saliva sample (in a small plastic container), and receive an immediate answer as to whether they have cancer. The cost of the rapid test is just 399  shekels,  which is just a little over $100.

Uri Bakeman, professional dog trainer and owner of the laboratory, told Army Radio that “the most important issue is that this test detects the disease at its earliest stage, since the dogs can identify the characteristic signs of the smell of the disease. If the dog sits down after sniffing the sample, it means it is suspicious.”

In a recent Israeli study conducted by Prof. Pesach Schwartzman of Ben-Gurion University, it was determined that various types of cancer share a distinct odor that dogs are capable of identifying.

A famous case involved Daisy, a dog who managed to correctly identify 500 cases of cancer, and smell a total of 6,500 samples. Daisy, who worked for “Medical Detection Dogs”- a foundation in the UK – passed away last year.

Daisy was a pioneer in sniffing out cancer cells in breath and urine samples, and even detected her owner’s breast cancer in its early stages.

Israel is yet again on the cutting edge of a technology that will be able to save lives and change the world in which we live in forever!

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