Dog trained to lie down when he smells cancer

March 10, 2015 2:38 PM

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Dog trained to lie down when he smells cancer

Scientists seeking a quick and affordable way to detect thyroid cancer have trained a dog to smell it on people, with really good results. In a US study, a German shepherd mix named Frankie detected thyroid cancer (or lack thereof) in urine samples with nearly 90 percent accuracy, Medical News Today reports.

Trained to lie down if he smelled cancer and turn away if he didn't, Frankie got it right 30 out of 34 times in patients who'd already undergone biopsies and diagnostic surgery for abnormal thyroid nodules.

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