Will there be a day in the future when your Doctor asks for you to complete a canine sniff test? I certainly hope so. Trained Dogs have been used to detect lung, breast and skin cancers exhaled by patients. A study is now in progress for ovarian cancer.
Ovarian cancer is a very deceptive cancer even among all cancers because it has no diagnostic test and few symptoms until found to be in the advanced stages. 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year and about 2/3 of them will die from the disease.
The Pine Street Foundation in San Anselmo, California is looking for volunteers now. The Susan Love foundation’s Army of Women, www.armyofwomen.org is recruiting on their behalf. Breath samples collected after breathing in a tube for 30-60 minutes is then analyzed by chemical analysis in a lab at the University of Maine and by the Dogs at the Pine Street Foundation. You can even meet the dogs doing the research if you want. These researchers most likely get the most hugs and adoration than any 2 legged lab researchers for their expertise.
If you live in Marin County or know some who does, pass on this information to sniff out ovarian cancer.
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