Just Checking, Boss!

You may think he’s just being annoying when your dog tries to sniff your crotch, but in reality, he’s merely checking your health.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Highly-trained dogs are able to detect prostate cancer in urine with 98 percent accuracy, according to a study presented May 18 at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association in Orlando.

“This study gives us a standardized method of diagnosis that is reproducible, low cost and non-invasive,” said lead author Dr. Gianluigi Taverna, chief of the prostatic diseases unit at the Humanitas Research Hospital in Milan, Italy.

“Using dogs to recognize prostate cancer might help reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies and better pinpoint patients at high risk for the disease,” he told Reuters Health in an email.

Yeah boy! Anything that reduces biopsies gets my vote; those things are beyond unpleasant anyway, but even worse for prostate patients. Dogs are also being investigated as tools for sniffing out other forms of cancer, including even mesothelioma.

Your dog wants steak. And an office with a bed.



About maxredlines

experience: biology, zoology, psychology. authored/co-authored papers appearing in peer-reviewed scientific journals, as well as numerous professional proceedings. authored articles appearing in computer-oriented publications. featured in publications ranging from books to New Yorker magazine to television.
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2 Responses to Just Checking, Boss!

  1. T D Williams says:

    I just finished reading _Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home_ by Rupert Sheldrake, and he mentions canine and feline ability to know when an epileptic seizure is coming, when earthquakes are coming, as well as locating cancerous growths. A major point in the book is that the mechanical view of the universe that predominates in science cuts down the ability to understand and use anything outside “mechanical” view dogma which limits what can be considered a part of nature.

    • maxredlines says:

      Heh! “Dogma”. I saw what you did there.

      One of the problems that I had with a former veterinarian was that she seemed to view animals not as sentient creatures, but as bio-mechanical puzzles. We had some rather terrific rows because I viewed them more holistically. In one case, an elephant cow who tried taking people out for now apparent reason became an issue (obviously). She insisted on isolating the animal, I insisted on conditioning her and training her instead. I won.

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