Health

Study: Dogs Can Sniff Out Lung Cancer

| by Michael Allen

According to a new study in Austria, dogs can sniff out lung cancer, which might offer an early life-saving diagnosis.

Peter Errhalt, head of the pulmonology department at the Krems hospital in Austria, told AFP: "Dogs have no problem identifying tumor patients."

The dogs had a 70 percent success rate in identifying lung cancer patients from 120 breath samples.

Michael Mueller, of the Otto Wagner Hospital in Vienna, added that the ultimate goal is for scientists to identify what scents the dogs are detecting, which could help scientists reproduce an 'electronic nose' to help diagnose lung cancer in the early stages and save lives.