Medical Detection Dogs, a UK-based charity, has been working closely with the NHS on the use of dogs to help diagnose disease. The trials focus on using the dog’s keen sense of smell to detect diseases such as kidney cancer, breast cancer, and Parkinson’s disease.
- Dogs have been used in healthcare to help guide people who cannot see and to alert diabetic people if their blood sugar levels fall too low.
- A survey indicates that 4 out of 5 people are happy with the fact that the specially trained dogs can help doctors diagnose cancer.
- The trained dogs have been found to be 93 percent reliable in diagnosing prostate cancer. They are better than existing prostate cancer test that averages 60 percent accuracy.
“We know our dogs can reliably detect the odor associated with human disease, but we are delighted the public also recognize the potential of our work and want to see more resources go into advancing this technology.”
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