My opinion: I think this is a great alternative to robotic sensors! In the future, many scientists believe that such sensors will be able to instantly detect cancer. However, there may be many people who refuse to have them implanted in their bodies. Perhaps they would be more willing to let a dog do the job, instead. The disadvantages to this are that the dogs may not detect cancer as often as the sensors, and this may not include peoples' pets, but rather only specialized dogs who work at medical centers. If they are able to train dogs to do this, though, is it possible for other animals or even humans to detect cancer in its early stages? Though it may be more difficult to discover a particular method to this, I believe it would greatly decrease cancer deaths. Feel free to comment.
Penn training dogs to detect ovarian cancer
Call it the furriest cancer diagnostic. University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, Penn Medicine and Monell Chemical Senses Center are collaborating to train dogs to detect ovarian cancer using e-sensors.
Penn’s department of physics and astronomy are also collaborating on the project, funded by an $80,000 grant from the Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation for ovarian cancer.
Research has shown that trained detection dogs and electronic devices can detect minute quantities of odorants that signal the presence of ovarian cancer, even before the cancer can be detected by current methods, according to a statement from Penn.
Tissue and blood samples collected by Penn Medicine will be used by the working dog center for training and analysis. The initial study will assess the ability of dogs and other sensors to detect the total odorant signatures that distinguish disease from healthy samples.