Dogs that are capable of sniffing out cancer have been approved for use in a trial by the National Health Service in the UK.
Various researchers and University professors are hoping that canine testing could help show up inaccuracies in the traditional Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test, used to determine if men need a biopsy.
Unfortunately at the moment the test has a high “false positive” rate, and many men are unnecessarily referred for the invasive procedure. So with the use of sniffing dogs this could be prevented and save lives!
The people involved in the study have high hopes. One researcher said: “If they can prove in this study that dogs are reliable at detecting cancer, then we will have the evidence we need to offer sample screening by dogs as an optional test in our cancer clinic.”