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Cancer

01 February 2011

Marine, a trained labrador sniffs out colon cancer

With powers of smell far superior to those of humans, dogs can sniff out buried earthquake victims, find hidden bombs or drugs - and now detect colorectal cancer.

With powers of smell far superior to those of humans, dogs can sniff out buried earthquake victims. They can unearth hidden bombs or drugs. They can also apparently detect colorectal cancer, Japanese researchers suggest.

The goal of the study was to find out whether odour can become an effective tool in colorectal cancer screening, according to lead researcher Dr. Hideto Sonoda, from the department of surgery at the Postgraduate School of Medicine at Kyushu University in Fukuoka.The report is published in the peer-reviewed journal Gut.

 

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