Dogs Detecting Ovarian Cancer

Dogs Detecting Ovarian Cancer
Dr. Cynthia Otto of Penn Vet and McBane

Dogs can detect ovarian cancer, potentially up to at least 9o percent accuracy. One specific project at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine is investigating how dogs may be taught to detect this often deadly cancer in people. Dr. Cynthia Otto at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center says the exquisite ability of a dog's nose may help to refine current technology regarding detection of ovarian cancer. This is integrative medicine at its best, human physicians working with veterinarians. And it's plausible, not science fiction or ideas of "crazy dog people."

Ovarian cancer accounts for around three percent of all cancers in women, and mainly develops in older women aged over 63. According to the American Cancer Society, 22,240 women in the US will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer this year, and 14,230 women will die from the disease.

The One Health Commission understands the power of the human-animal bond. The commission, which includes participants from around the globe, has paired up with Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness (OCSA), a Chicago non-profit launched in 2010 to educate the public about a form of cancer that doesn't get much press.

In 2009, Chicago restaurant manager Susan Roman's dog, Bacchus, persistently began to lie on her stomach, prompting her to visit her doctor, where she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Roman fought valiantly, but sadly her diagnosis came too late. Susan, who was in great condition, mistook the generalized symptoms for pain from her workouts. Her dog convinced her otherwise.

Before her death, Roman co-founded OCSA with her husband, Rick, a Chicago restaurateur.

It's previously been proven that dogs can detect lung and breast cancers.

This report is from NBC News: 


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