Dogs help sniff out ovarian cancer in Pa. study

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Researchers in Philadelphia have begun an ovarian cancer detection study that relies on dogs’ keen sense of smell.

Scientists at the Monell Chemical Senses Center want to combine old-fashioned olfactory work with modern technology to help catch the disease in its earliest stages.

Ovarian cancer affects about 20,000 U.S. women each year. But survival rates are low because it’s often not diagnosed until it has spread.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Working Dog Center is training three canines using blood and tissue samples donated by ovarian cancer patients.

If dogs can identify the substance that marks the disease’s presence, Monell researchers believe they can create a sensor device to detect the same chemical.

The study is being funded by an $80,000 grant from the Madison, N.J.-based Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation.

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